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Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on January 28, is an international effort centered on "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust". Visit the Data Privacy Day website for guest blogs, as well as archived recordings of previous webinars. It's never to early to begin planning your institution's efforts!
Privacy in a Networked Environment
With the explosive growth of electronic networks and wide accessibility of online information, EDUCAUSE members -- along with many other higher education constituencies -- are dealing with a formidable set of privacy issues. A key set of issues revolves around the handling of student information, which under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 enjoys special protection.
Other Sources of Information about Online Privacy
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information in new media.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, D.C., established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy.
- Privacy Forum, a moderated digest for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to the general topic of privacy (both personal and collective) in the "information age" of the 1990's and beyond.
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Privacy Law
- A Fresh Look at FERPA
October 17, 2007
In light of recent incidents, and with another school year now under way, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of our obligations—and rights—under FERPA, the federal statute that governs th…
- The Internet at Risk: The Need for Higher Education Advocacy
October 19, 2007
© 2007 James X. Dempsey. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE…
- Congress Mulls Change in Student-Records Law to Help Prevent Violence
September 28, 2007
"In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre last spring, Congress is considering a change in a key federal privacy law to encourage colleges to relay information to the parents or guardians o…
- Judge deals blow to Patriot Act
September 6, 2007
A key portion of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and violates Americans' free speech rights, a federal judge said Thursday in a case that could represent a bitter setback for the Bush ad…
- FERPA Allows More Than You May Realize
August 7, 2007
"Recent campus incidents have highlighted the importance of effective communication among administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as between campus representatives and students, families…
- Information Security and Data Breach Notification Safeguards
January 28, 2010
The 2010 report describes information security and data breach notification requirements included in the Privacy Act, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Office of Management…
- EDUCAUSE LIVE! Podcast: ID Theft Red Flags
October 23, 2008
This fifty-eight minute podcast features Naomi Lefkovitz, Attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. PowerPoint slides are also available fo…
- Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood
June 12, 2007
The advance of identification technology—biometrics, identity cards, surveillance, databases, dossiers—threatens privacy, civil liberties, and related human interests. In the wake of the terr…
- Warshak v. USA
June 26, 2007
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held unanimously that the Fourth Amendment applies to e-mail. When it comes to government searches, e-mail is analogous to a seale…
- Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy
June 13, 2007
The President directed top officials at the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services to participate in a federal review of the broad questions raised by the shooting trage…