Joey Bunch, The Denver Post, Thursday, May 5, 2016
Lauren Camera. US News, Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The new federal education law allows states and school districts to press the reset button on an array of education policies, and some advocates are urging policymakers and education officials to take advantage of the opportunity to effectively use student data to improve learning and teaching.
Aletha Noonan, EdTech, Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hackers have it out for higher ed. In 2015, cybercriminals disabled networks or stole student data at some of the most established institutions in the country, attacking community colleges and Ivy League universities without discrimination. And already this year, major cybersecurity breaches have compromised the names, Social Security numbers and student ID numbers of thousands of higher ed students and staff.
Karen Turner, Washington Post, Saturday, April 23, 2016
Schools in Florida are renewing a program that monitors their students' social media activity for criminal or threatening behavior, although it has caused some controversy since its adoption last year. But Bradley S. Shear, a privacy and social media lawyer based in Bethesda, Md., expressed concerns about the unintended consequences of using software like SnapTrends. He's uncomfortable with the collection and storing of information on students. "Is this data then gonna be tied to a student's permanent school record? Does the company have proper policies in place that delete this data after a certain period of time? These are some questions that need to be asked," he said in an interview with The Post.
Ken Yeung, Venture Beat, Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Education technology company Clever has created a simpler way for students in K-2 classrooms to log into their computers, a process that it says will cut down on the time teachers have to spend before actually diving into the day’s lesson plan. Called Clever Badges, it lets students take physical badges and scan them with the computer’s camera to instantly gain access. Right now, there’s a conflict between privacy and accessibility — everyone wants to protect individual user data, but it’s difficult for young students to use complex passwords to secure that information. In fact, Clever said that weak passwords are often used, or are even written on a chalk board. Clever Badges are intended to overcome this issue.
Bill Fitzgerald, THE Journal, Thursday, April 14, 2016
When working with educational technology, responsible decision makers in schools recognize the need for solid security and privacy practice in software applications. However, defining an acceptable level of privacy protection, or an adequate level of security, can feel imprecise. While some of the loudest conversations about privacy and security try to reduce the issues to binary choice, the reality is often more nuanced.
ExcelinEd / Education Dive, Tuesday, April 12, 2016
There is a renewed focus on ensuring that our schools’ technology services are secure and that sensitive student information – including test scores, grades, health evaluations, and disciplinary actions and so on -- is protected.
Ken Williams and Robert Hammond, OC Register, Monday, March 21, 2016
What is generally unknown by parents, and far more egregious than the data release requested in the Morgan Hill lawsuit, are similar data-mining requirements by federally and state-authorized Common Core programs. Data collected include personal mental health assessments, learning systems inducing psychological conditioning and politically correct thinking.
Matthew Johnson, Danielle Naftulin and Jay Vaughan, Lexology, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Last week, Common Sense Media ("CSM") announced that it is undertaking an ambitious initiative to evaluate and grade the student data privacy practices of EdTech companies that provide products, apps, or services for use in K-12 classrooms. CSM's announcement indicates that they have established a working group of approximately 40 US public school districts, including a core group of populous districts such New York City Department of Education, Fairfax County (VA), Denver Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools. In consultation with these districts, CSM intends to develop the go-to resource for evaluating EdTech privacy practices.
Mitrano & Associates
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
About accessibility for higher education in the United States: I am concerned that our institutions have two sets of standards with which to comply and how higher education might respond to that fact. The first are section 508 standards of the Rehabilitation Act... The other set is that of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or “WCAG” 2.0.