A New—Cloud—Seal of Approval

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

By procuring technology platforms that are compliant with ISO 27018, school districts can further protect the privacy of students. Just as a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval signals to consumers the quality of a product, technology platforms labeled with the phrase “ISO 27018 compliant” provides peace of mind to parents, teachers, and schools.

When Guarding Student Data Endangers Valuable Research

Susan Dynarski, New York Times,  Monday, June 15, 2015

Privacy laws have already been strengthened in some states, and multiple bills now pending in state legislatures and in Congress would tighten the security and privacy of student data. Some of this proposed legislation is so broadly written, however, that it could unintentionally choke off the use of student data for its original purpose: assessing and improving education. This data has already exposed inequities, allowing researchers and advocates to pinpoint where poor, nonwhite and non-English-speaking children have been educated inadequately by their schools.

Ed Tech Must Embrace Stronger Student Privacy Laws

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Educational technology companies should embrace and advocate for stronger student privacy laws because this will signal to parents that their services can be trusted to protect children's personal information. Stronger student privacy laws are coming, and the sooner that the industry acknowledges and embraces privacy by design, the faster these technologies will be deployed. Without parental support, school districts will not spend the funds to build the infrastructure they need for new and innovative digital technologies. In conclusion, more robust privacy protections will encourage parents to ask their school districts to use new digital learning tools that will help students compete in the 21st century. Supporting more comprehensive privacy protections for our children is not just right ethically, it is also the right business decision.

Considering accessibility as part of the public procurement process is an absolute must

Tracy Mitrano, Supply Management (UK),  Thursday, May 28, 2015

Making technology accessible to all, especially in today’s digital era, is critical to ensuring every person can live an informed, content-rich and fulfilling life. But to truly promote digital inclusion, more consistent accessibility policies are needed across the board. Member states in the EU have an important opportunity to lead in this area and set accessibility standards globally.

Shifting Tides

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“The Senate is in gridlock, but the tides are shifting,” said Michael W. Macleod-Ball, acting director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office. “For the first time, a majority of senators took a stand against simply rubber-stamping provisions of the Patriot Act that have been used to spy on Americans.”

Protecting student privacy in the Digital Age

Sens. Edward J. Markey and Orrin Hatch, The Hill,  Friday, May 15, 2015

Schools may be winding down to the end of the school year, but as they do so, they are also ratcheting up the use of technology to bolster student engagement. Whether on a computer or in the cloud, digital tools are being used to help improve students’ reading, writing and arithmetic skills. But as student information moves from folders in a cabinet to the folders in the cloud, we need to ensure that the enormous power of technology is harnessed to the benefit of students and not for any unknown means.

Security Discussions

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, May 14, 2015

We are all on the same page! After years of bridging the gap between “privacy” and “security” my sense in the aftermath of these two conferences is that higher education community is becoming increasingly aware and interested in closing the gap between these two areas of law, technology and business practice on our campuses. A more sophisticated approach, one that transcends each of those respective areas in favor of comprehensive information management programs that seek institutional governance, compliance and risk management.

Senators unveil student data privacy bill

Cory Bennett, The Hill,  Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) reintroduced a bill on Wednesday to restrict education companies from selling or using student data to target ads. The measure would also require private companies to meet certain data security requirements when handling student information.

Students, Data, and Blurred Lines

Tracy Mitrano, Cornell University,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

As technology transforms the classroom, Internet companies and government leaders have a vital role to play in assuring that the privacy and integrity of the data that existed in the physical world for youth and students remains consistent in the digital era.

Unhappy Anniversary, Google

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, April 30, 2015

In a year of tremendous growth, we can celebrate the innovations of Google along with advancements in education technology. In the meantime, with one year under Google’s belt since announcing that it would no longer scan student data for advertising purposes, unanswered questions remain at best, deception at worst – and until these questions are addressed, educational institutions have reason to proceed with caution.