Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Brad Smith, The Hill, Thursday, October 23, 2014
The intersection of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998, a growing number of state laws, district policies, vendor contracts, and privacy policies create a situation in which it is hard to tell what protections and rights exist for children or for adults. To witness this trend is to worry that legitimate privacy concerns threaten to derail the potential of education technology to improve personalized learning.
Kris Alman, Student Privacy Matters, Sunday, October 19, 2014
A parallel explosion of big data since 2001 is not coincidental. Big data utopians proclaim better integration of fragmented health and education sectors and data analysis will improve outcomes and improve value. The question never seems to be asked, “For whom?”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Surveys of nearly 5,500 parents in 11 countries around the world, including Europe, Asia and North America, show that parents have high hopes for the contribution that Internet applications can make to their children’s education, especially when it comes to acquiring skills relevant to the modern global economy. At the same time, the vast majority of parents worry that internet companies are tracking and profiling their children’s online activities at school for advertising purposes, and they want such practices banned. Specifically, parents want stronger government regulations against online data mining in schools that isn’t directly related to improving academic performance, and they want schools to forbid such practices. The findings are based on a series of surveys conducted between 2012 and 2014 for SafeGov aimed at capturing global parents’ views on the benefits and risks of proliferating in-school access to internet applications such as email, document creation and group collaboration.
Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed, Monday, July 14, 2014
What difference does cloud computing make with regard to accessibility? As a governance, compliance, and matter of risk management, the answer is essentially “no difference.” Accessibility is as much a compliance issue as privacy, security, and export control.
Cunningham Levy LLP
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Much has been written in recent years about the benefits and risks of “free” cloud services monetized by providers mining the private data of users. These risks are particularly acute in some government cases, e.g., education applications mining the data of students, and applications used by law enforcement and national security agencies. I, along with others, have recommended that government entities include clauses in contracts with cloud providers prohibiting data mining. Some governmental contracting authorities have embraced this remedy.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
By Doug Miller, Information Week Google's decision to end its practice of scanning student emails for advertising purposes -- and to make "similar changes" for all Google Apps customers -- is a major victory for privacy but raises new questions. Although the announcement is an important step, it raises questions about the company's practices in the past -- and for the future. Will Google stay committed to the "free" education space when it can no longer monetize student data?
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Last week, the White House released its report, Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values. My reaction to it is mixed. The report mentions some concerns about privacy with Big Data and suggests some reforms, but everything is stated so mildly, in a way designed to please everyone. The report is painted in pastels; it finesses the hard issues and leaves specifics for another day. So it is a step forward, which is good, but it is a very small step, like a child on a beach reluctantly dipping a toe into ocean.
Monday, April 28, 2014
For any organization who doesn't take privacy seriously, the demise of inBoom should be a loud wake up call. Funded by $100 million from the Gates Foundation, inBloom was a non-profit organization aiming to store student data so that school officials and teachers could use it to learn about their students and how to more effectively teach them and improve their performance in school. Who would have thought that a project with so much funding and promise would be shutting down just a few years after its creation? What went wrong?
David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT, Sunday, April 20, 2014
Enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission have laid a foundation for establishment of data stewardship standards controlling cloud services that involve processing personal data, say two academics.
Monday, April 07, 2014