Katy Bachman. Adweek, Thursday, April 25, 2013
Four months after the Federal Trade Commission passed sweeping updates to the children's online privacy law, the agency released a key document that websites and mobile apps directed to children will need to consult in order to become compliant by July 1.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I had the pleasure of having the opportunity to interview Kathleen Styles about cloud computing in education. Styles is the first chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Previously, she served as the chief of the Office of Analysis and Executive Support at the U.S. Census Bureau. Without further ado, here’s the interview.
Matthew S. DelNero, Covington & Burling LLP in Lexology, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Advances in technology present opportunities to improve student learning, allow teachers and students to work more efficiently, and reduce operational costs for educational institutions. Many schools are taking advantage of these benefits by implementing online course systems and cloud computing services that allow students and teachers to access their programs, e-mails, and documents online from anywhere and almost any device.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Do children still have an expectation of privacy? Every day our personal privacy is slowly being eroded because of advances in technology. New inventions have enabled our society to more efficiently mass produce food; create the infrastructure to warm our homes and offices in the winter and cool them in the summer; and to invent digital devices that allow us to communicate and share information from around the world and outer space almost instantaneously.
Jacob Gershman and Shira Ovide, Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Massachusetts lawmakers could soon consider a bill that would restrict the commercial use of data gathered while children use computers at public schools.
Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Monday, February 25, 2013
Massachusetts has become the first state to introduce legislation that would ban companies that provide cloud computing services from processing student data for commercial purposes. MA Bill 331 is sponsored by Rep. Carlo Basile and it was referred to the House Committee on Education on January 22, 2013. MA Bill 331 states, "Section 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary any person who provides a cloud computing service to an educational institution operating within the State shall process data of a student enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade for the sole purpose of providing the cloud computing service to the educational institution and shall not process such data for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to advertising purposes that benefit the cloud computing service provider."
Cameron Evans, InformationWeek Education, Thursday, February 21, 2013
It's hard to read an IT trade journal these days without seeing several articles highlighting the promise that big data analytics offer to various industries. At a high level, more data about health care and outcomes can help lead to better future diagnoses and treatments. More data about students also holds promise, offering the potential to improve learning and help identify student weaknesses in ways that are not possible today. But as new technologies such as big data analytics usher in new opportunities, we also have the responsibility to ensure those technologies are used in ways that meet our laws and cultural norms.
Sean Cavanagh, Education Week, Wednesday, February 06, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission recently outlined new policies that seek to close loopholes that the agency says too often allow websites and online services to gather information improperly from students and turn it over to third parties for advertising purposes.
Monday, January 28, 2013
In celebration of Data Privacy Day, SafeGov is releasing this "Cloud Computing for Education" video for educational institution leaders. This video provides guidance on selecting cloud service providers with an emphasis on data protection and security recommendations.
Marc Rotenberg and Khaliah Barnes, Educause Review, Monday, January 28, 2013
From test-performance scores to student financial data to statewide longitudinal data systems, there has been a dramatic increase in the collection of students' sensitive information over the last decade. Both the U.S. Congress and the presidential administrations have touted the amassing of student data as beneficial and necessary to a successful education system. However, the increase in the collection of student data has led to a marked decrease in student data protection. Changes to student privacy regulations and government programs such as the Education Data Initiative underscore the need for meaningful oversight for the protection of student data.