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Updated Thursday June 26, 2014 10:28 AM

A LETTER TO PARENTS

National Opt-Out Campaign Informs Parents How to Protect the Privacy of their Children's School Records
Date CapturedTuesday September 20, 2011 04:53 PM
Parents have rights under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to restrict access to their children's personal information.

ACLU

Welcome to The Opt Out of Standardized Tests Site!
Date CapturedSaturday August 04, 2012 07:05 PM
This site was created to collect and share information on state by state rules and experiences related to opting out of standardized tests. This is an open community for any parent, student, or educator interested in finding or sharing opt out information, irrespective of personal decisions regarding political party, religion, or choice of public or non public education.

Applications

PRIVACY ON THE GO: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MOBILE ECOSYSTEM
Date CapturedSaturday January 12, 2013 07:18 AM
Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General; California Department of Justice. Privacy on the Go recommends a “surprise minimization” approach. This approach means supplementing the general privacy policy with enhanced measures to alert users and give them control over data practices that are not related to an app’s basic functionality or that involve sensitive information
“Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade"
Date CapturedThursday December 13, 2012 12:18 PM
FTC: The report strongly urges all entities in the mobile app industry – including app stores, app developers, and third parties providing services within the apps – to accelerate efforts to ensure that parents have the key information they need to make decisions about the apps they download for their children. The report also urges industry to implement recommendations in the recent FTC Privacy Report including: Incorporating privacy protections into the design of mobile products and services; Offering parents easy-to-understand choices about the data collection and sharing through kids’ apps; and Providing greater transparency about how data is collected, used, and shared through kids’ apps.
Smartphones and the 2012 Election
Date CapturedTuesday August 14, 2012 10:38 AM
EPIC has released a report, "Smartphones and the 2012 Election," which focuses on the potential risks to voters who download election-related apps to their smartphones and tablets. The report contends that these apps promote greater citizen participation in e-democracy, but also may contain malware, disseminate false information --- or, as was recently reported about an Obama campaign app, compromise voter privacy by making voters' personal and locational information widely available. A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication revealed that voters are ambivalent about "personalized" political advertising, a practice likely to increase with the number of election and political apps available for download. EPIC's report also examines the role of federal and state regulation in protecting voters and providing guidance to campaigns, and recommends actions that voters, election administrators, and campaigns can take to better protect voter privacy.

Big Data

"Big Data and the Future of Privacy"
Date CapturedMonday April 07, 2014 11:09 AM
EPIC comments to the White House on topic.

Blogs

MISSOURI EDUCATION WATCHDOG
Date CapturedThursday February 02, 2012 11:25 AM
The Smart Grid and Privacy
Date CapturedSunday February 21, 2010 07:14 PM
Concerning Privacy and Smart Grid Technology
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Date CapturedWednesday February 25, 2009 03:27 PM
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC publishes an award-winning e-mail and online newsletter on civil liberties in the information age – the EPIC Alert. EPIC also publishes reports and even books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties.
Legal Guide for Bloggers - Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF
Date CapturedSaturday February 14, 2009 01:51 AM
EFF- [Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office. The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers.]
Matt Blaze's EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH
Date CapturedSunday December 28, 2008 03:21 PM
Cryptography blog and links to research. University of Pennsylvania. Matt bio excerpt [I coined the term, and am one of the inventors of, Trust Management, which provides the abstract layer in which a system decides whether to allow some potentially dangerous action. This work has led to two trust management languages, KeyNote and PolicyMaker, that provide tools for specifying policy, delegating authority, and controlling access. In addition to providing a useful framework for studying and proving security properties of distributed systems, our tools have been used to build powerful policy control mechanisms into several important applications, including the OpenBSD IPSEC implementation.]
Deeplinks
Date CapturedTuesday December 16, 2008 06:21 PM
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) -- Noteworthy news from around the internet.
Surveillance State blog
Date CapturedSunday December 14, 2008 09:42 PM
Christopher Soghoian, a student fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and PhD candidate at Indiana University's School of Informatics.
Privacy Lives
Date CapturedFriday December 12, 2008 06:15 PM
Melissa Ngo -- more than a blog -- lots of policy and topic specific archives.
Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Date CapturedWednesday December 03, 2008 07:16 PM
Digital Dashboard
Tech Daily Dose
Date CapturedWednesday December 03, 2008 05:12 PM
Congress Watch -- National Journal's portal to politics and policy online
Pogowasright.org
Date CapturedWednesday December 03, 2008 04:37 PM
Privacy news, data breaches, and privacy-related events and resources from around the world.

Breaches

Education Breaches 2013
Date CapturedFriday December 06, 2013 10:00 AM
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Date CapturedThursday March 12, 2009 02:45 PM
Chronology of Data Breaches and lots more. Nice upgrade to website.

Children Privacy

Database State
Date CapturedWednesday March 19, 2014 04:55 PM
The report assesses 46 databases across the major government departments (UK)

Civil Liberties

The Center for Democracy and Technology
Date CapturedMonday June 02, 2008 03:34 PM
The Center for Democracy and Technology is a non-profit public interest organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. As a civil liberties group with expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges while protecting civil liberties. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.

Civil Rights

Revealing New Truths About Our Nation's Schools
Date CapturedTuesday March 06, 2012 05:54 PM
CRDC makes public long-hidden data about which students are suspended, expelled, and arrested in school.

Cloud Computing

CPO on Privacy, Emerging Technologies, and New Uses of Data
Date CapturedSunday February 10, 2013 06:35 PM
US ED CPO STYLES: Colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions often have research agendas that involve data; they often have medical facilities; and most importantly, colleges and universities often function as change agents, particularly for technological and social change. The combination of new technologies and new uses of data create today’s cutting-edge privacy issues, including “Big Data,” matching with wage data, data sharing in general, the use of analytics, cloud computing, MOOCs, and school use of web engagemen
IN THE CLOUD
Date CapturedWednesday February 06, 2013 02:14 PM
News & policy about the CLOUD. Check paper archives. Updated regularly.
SPOTLIGHT ON CLOUD COMPUTING: IF IN THE CLOUD, GET IT ON PAPER: CLOUD COMPUTING CONTRACT ISSUES
Date CapturedFriday February 01, 2013 11:30 PM
SPOTLIGHT ON CLOUD COMPUTING: IF IT'S IN THE CLOUD, GET IT EDUCAUSE WEBINAR ON CLOUD COMPUTING CONTRACT ISSUES Friday, December 10, 2010 Author(s) Thomas Trappler (UCLA) Source(s) EDUCAUSE Live! Webinars, Webinars
FERPA and the Cloud: What FERPA Can Learn from HIPAA
Date CapturedTuesday December 18, 2012 07:01 AM
SOLOVE: Parents need to look at what their schools are doing about student privacy and speak up, because the law isn’t protecting their children’s privacy. School officials who want to develop a more meaningful and robust protection of privacy should talk to government officials who are tasked with complying with HIPAA. They can learn a lot from studying HIPAA and following some of its requirements. Congress should remake FERPA more in the model of HIPAA. If Congress won’t act, state legislatures should pass better education privacy laws. Because FERPA does not provide adequate oversight and enforcement of cloud computing providers, schools must be especially aggressive and assume the responsibility. Otherwise, their students’ data will not be adequately protected. School officials shouldn’t assume that the law is providing regulation of cloud computing providers and that they need not worry. The law isn’t, so right now the schools need to be especially vigilant.
FERPA and the Cloud: Why FERPA Desperately Needs Reform
Date CapturedTuesday December 11, 2012 06:51 AM
SOLOVE: Parents should lobby Congress and their state legislatures to pass laws providing better protections of their children’s data. This is an issue that should be of great concern to parents since educational institutions possess a staggering amount of personal data about students, and this data can currently be outsourced to nearly any company anywhere – even to a cloud computing provider in the most totalitarian country in the world!

Common Core

Tell Gov Cuomo to Fix NY Schools
Date CapturedThursday August 01, 2013 05:46 PM
PLEASE SIGN PETITION
STOP COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS Groups Across USA
Date CapturedSunday June 16, 2013 04:22 PM
FERPA, COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS & DATA-SHARING
Date CapturedWednesday March 06, 2013 09:54 AM
Race to the Top Reform Flow Chart
Date CapturedSaturday September 29, 2012 10:04 AM

COPPA

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
Date CapturedTuesday February 25, 2014 02:51 PM
16 C.F.R. Part 312: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: Final Rule Amendments(COPPA)
Date CapturedWednesday December 19, 2012 01:15 PM
16 C.F.R. Part 312: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: Final Rule Amendments – Consistent With the Requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – To Clarify the Scope of the Rule and Strengthen Its Protections For Children’s Personal Information
The Need for Privacy Protections: Perspectives from the Administration & FTC
Date CapturedTuesday May 29, 2012 09:08 AM
FTC May 9, 2012 testimony before the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation; US Senate
Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures Are Disappointing
Date CapturedThursday February 16, 2012 11:10 AM
FTC staff report: Parents should be able to learn, before downloading an app for their children, what data will be collected, how the data will be used, and who will obtain access to the data.

Current law & proposed legislation

NY Assembly bill A.8474 same as NY Senate bill S.2357B
Date CapturedMonday January 23, 2012 12:38 PM
Requires active parental consent to release personal and sensitive information (categorized as directory information under FERPA) about students. This bill passed the NY Senate 62-0 in the 2011 session. It has been sponsored & reintroduced in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal & in the Senate by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer for the 2012 legislative session.
APPENDIX A: FERPA Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements
Date CapturedThursday January 05, 2012 05:57 PM
FERPA represents the floor for protecting [student] privacy, not the ceiling. PAGE A-5 Federal Register/Vol. 76, No. 232/Friday, December 2, 2011/Rules and Regulations.

Cyber Bullying

New York’s Definitive Cyberbullying Census
Date CapturedThursday June 14, 2012 08:20 AM

Cyber Security

INFORMATION POLICY WATCH - EMERGING TRENDS & THREATS
Date CapturedFriday January 25, 2013 09:13 AM
JANUARY 2013

Data Broker

What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?
Date CapturedSaturday December 21, 2013 10:31 AM
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. to examine the data broker industry and how industry practices may impact consumers. The hearing comes after a yearlong Commerce Committee examination of how data brokers collect, compile, and sell consumer information for marketing purposes. In October 2012, Rockefeller launched an investigation into the data broker industry to give consumers a better understanding of how their personal information is handled, issuing information requests to nine representative data brokers. Rockefeller sent an additional set of inquiries in September 2013 to twelve popular personal finance, health, and family-focused websites to further explore data broker information collection practices, and further expanded the investigation in October 2013 by requesting that Experian provide specific information about the company’s customer vetting practices following news reports alleging that an Experian subsidiary sold data to an identity theft scheme.
Testimony of Pam Dixon Executive Director, World Privacy Forum Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?
Date CapturedSaturday December 21, 2013 09:13 AM
The data broker industry has not shown restraint. Nothing is out of bounds. No list is too obnoxious to sell. Data brokers sell lists that allow for the use of racial, ethnic and other factors that would be illegal or unacceptable in other circumstances. These lists and scores are used everyday to make decisions about how consumers can participate in the economic marketplace. Their information determines who gets in and who gets shut out. All of this must change. I urge you to take action.
A Review of the Data Broker Industry: Collection, Use, and Sale of Consumer Data for Marketing Purposes
Date CapturedSaturday December 21, 2013 08:45 AM
STAFF REPORT FOR CHAIRMAN ROCKEFELLER; DECEMBER 18, 2013; This Committee inquiry has been conducted at a time when sources of consumer data and technological capabilities for storage and speedy analysis of data continue to expand. As data brokers are creating increasingly detailed dossiers on millions of consumers, it is important for policymakers to continue vigorous oversight to assess the potential harms and benefits of evolving industry practices and to make sure appropriate consumer protections are in place.
FTC to Study Data Broker Industry’s Collection and Use of Consumer Data
Date CapturedTuesday December 18, 2012 01:44 PM
The nine data brokers receiving orders from the FTC are: 1) Acxiom, 2) Corelogic, 3) Datalogix, 4) eBureau, 5) ID Analytics, 6) Intelius, 7) Peekyou, 8) Rapleaf, and 9) Recorded Future. The FTC is seeking details about: the nature and sources of the consumer information the data brokers collect; how they use, maintain, and disseminate the information; and the extent to which the data brokers allow consumers to access and correct their information or to opt out of having their personal information sold.
Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers
Date CapturedMonday March 26, 2012 11:16 AM
The final report calls on companies handling consumer data to implement recommendations for protecting privacy, including: Privacy by Design - companies should build in consumers' privacy protections at every stage in developing their products. These include reasonable security for consumer data, limited collection and retention of such data, and reasonable procedures to promote data accuracy; Simplified Choice for Businesses and Consumers - companies should give consumers the option to decide what information is shared about them, and with whom. This should include a Do-Not-Track mechanism that would provide a simple, easy way for consumers to control the tracking of their online activities. Greater Transparency - companies should disclose details about their collection and use of consumers' information, and provide consumers access to the data collected about them. *****Data Brokers - The Commission calls on data brokers to make their operations more transparent by creating a centralized website to identify themselves, and to disclose how they collect and use consumer data. In addition, the website should detail the choices that data brokers provide consumers about their own information.

Data Mining

Status of the Department of Education’s Inventory of Its Data Collections
Date CapturedSaturday August 03, 2013 08:32 AM
1. What information will the inventory of Education’s data collections contain and when will the inventory be completed? 2. What process is Education using to catalog its data collections, and to what extent does that process include internal controls to ensure the accuracy of the information collected? 3. What are Education’s plans to make its data collection inventory publicly available?

Directory Information

Testimony of Pam Dixon Executive Director, World Privacy Forum Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?
Date CapturedSaturday December 21, 2013 09:13 AM
The data broker industry has not shown restraint. Nothing is out of bounds. No list is too obnoxious to sell. Data brokers sell lists that allow for the use of racial, ethnic and other factors that would be illegal or unacceptable in other circumstances. These lists and scores are used everyday to make decisions about how consumers can participate in the economic marketplace. Their information determines who gets in and who gets shut out. All of this must change. I urge you to take action.
OPT-OUT NOW Press Release
Date CapturedTuesday September 10, 2013 08:25 AM
Model State Law: Student Privacy Protection Act
Date CapturedTuesday December 25, 2012 08:36 AM
This Act shall be known and cited as the “Student Privacy Protection Act.” This Act shall be liberally and remedially construed to effectuate its purpose. The purpose of the Act is to protect the privacy of students by establishing standards for the disclosure of directory information about students by schools.

European Union

Reconciling Personal Information in the United States and European Union
Date CapturedThursday June 27, 2013 04:16 PM
Paul M. Schwartz, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University Law School; May 3, 2013

Fair Information Practice

INFORMATION RESELLERS Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace
Date CapturedThursday November 21, 2013 02:23 PM
What GAO Recommends: Congress should consider strengthening the consumer privacy framework to reflect the effects of changes in technology and the increased market for consumer information. Any changes should seek to provide consumers with appropriate privacy protections without unduly inhibiting commerce and innovation. The Department of Commerce agreed that strengthened privacy protections could better protect consumers

FERPA

FERPA Exceptions Summary
Date CapturedMonday April 14, 2014 09:03 AM
Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
Date CapturedTuesday February 25, 2014 02:51 PM
Chief Privacy Officer for Education Act letter to NYT editor
Date CapturedTuesday October 15, 2013 09:40 AM
EPIC letter to Congress
Date CapturedFriday October 11, 2013 06:12 PM
OPT-OUT NOW Press Release
Date CapturedTuesday September 10, 2013 08:25 AM
EPIC v US ED Reply
Date CapturedWednesday March 06, 2013 12:02 PM
2/15/13
EPIC vs US ED reply
Date CapturedFriday February 22, 2013 09:30 AM
FACT SHEET: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF EDUCATION DATA FOR ALL AMERICANS
Date CapturedFriday February 08, 2013 12:41 PM
EPIC V US ED Defendant Statement of ISSUES
Date CapturedTuesday February 05, 2013 11:26 AM
EPIC v US ED
Date CapturedTuesday February 05, 2013 11:05 AM
ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion is GRANTED, and further ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Cross-Motion is DENIED, and further ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Complaint is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
EPIC v US ED
Date CapturedMonday January 21, 2013 01:46 PM
PLAINTIFFS’ CROSS-MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND MEMORANDUM OPPOSING DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS AND MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
‘‘Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)
Date CapturedWednesday January 16, 2013 02:01 PM
Amends FERPA: ‘‘(L) an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency, or tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), who has the right to access a student’s case plan,
Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms
Date CapturedWednesday January 16, 2013 01:35 PM
PTAC-GL, Oct 2012: In addition to defining and clarifying the distinction among several key terms, the paper provides general best practice suggestions regarding data de-identification strategies for different types of data. The information is presented in the form of an alphabetized list of definitions, followed at the end by additional resources on FERPA requirements and statistical techniques that can be used to protect student data against disclosures
DECEMBER 2011 – REVISED FERPA REGULATIONS: AN OVERVIEW FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Date CapturedMonday November 12, 2012 11:00 AM
It is important for schools to have directory information policies, as schools may not do even mundane activities (such as publishing yearbooks or creating graduation programs) without having designated the items about the students contained in the publications as directory information. For example, without a directory information policy, FERPA would require schools to obtain consent for every student every time it wants to publish a yearbook. However, many schools have been forgoing designations of directory information, as they have concluded that such designations would put students at risk of becoming targets of marketing campaigns, the media, or even victims of criminal acts
EPIC v US ED
Date CapturedWednesday August 22, 2012 11:54 PM
PLAINTIFFS’ REPLY MOTION TO DEFENDANT’S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND CONSIDER EXTRA-RECORD EVIDENCE
EPIC v US ED : MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND CONSIDER EXTRA-RECORD EVIDENCE
Date CapturedMonday July 23, 2012 06:23 PM
EPIC’S MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND CONSIDER EXTRA-RECORD EVIDENCE
EPIC v US ED (US ED answer)
Date CapturedFriday May 04, 2012 02:53 PM
SHARED LEARNING INFRASTRUCTURE AND FERPA
Date CapturedWednesday April 25, 2012 04:02 PM
EPIC v US Department of Education
Date CapturedThursday March 01, 2012 09:08 AM
EPIC has filed a lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act against the Department of Education. EPIC's lawsuit argues that the agency's December 2011 regulations amending the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act exceed the agency's statutory authority, and are contrary to law. The agency issued the revised regulations despite the fact that “numerous commenters . . . believe the Department lacks the statutory authority to promulgate the proposed regulations."
NY Assembly bill A.8474 same as NY Senate bill S.2357B
Date CapturedMonday January 23, 2012 12:38 PM
Requires active parental consent to release personal and sensitive information (categorized as directory information under FERPA) about students. This bill passed the NY Senate 62-0 in the 2011 session. It has been sponsored & reintroduced in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal & in the Senate by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer for the 2012 legislative session.
APPENDIX A: FERPA Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements
Date CapturedThursday January 05, 2012 05:57 PM
FERPA represents the floor for protecting [student] privacy, not the ceiling. PAGE A-5 Federal Register/Vol. 76, No. 232/Friday, December 2, 2011/Rules and Regulations.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 34 CFR Part 99 in the Federal Register (76 FR 19726)
Date CapturedMonday December 05, 2011 11:20 AM
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) amends the regulations implementing section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which is commonly referred to as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments are needed to ensure that the U.S. Department of Education (Department or we) continues to implement FERPA in a way that protects the privacy of education records while allowing for the effective use of data. Improved access to data will facilitate States’ ability to evaluate education programs, to ensure limited resources are invested effectively, to build upon what works and discard what does not, to increase accountability and transparency, and to contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in education.
National Opt-Out Campaign Informs Parents How to Protect the Privacy of their Children's School Records
Date CapturedTuesday September 20, 2011 04:53 PM
Parents have rights under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to restrict access to their children's personal information.
FTC CONSUMER ALERT: Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School
Date CapturedFriday September 02, 2011 06:10 PM
[Ask your child's school about its directory information policy. Student directory information can include your child's name, address, date of birth, telephone number, email address, and photo. FERPA requires schools to notify parents and guardians about their school directory policy, and give you the right to opt-out of the release of directory information to third parties. It's best to put your request in writing and keep a copy for your files. If you don't opt-out, directory information may be available not only to the people in your child's class and school, but also to the general public.]
Education New York comments re Student Privacy submitted to FERPA NPRM - May 23, 2011
Date CapturedMonday May 23, 2011 09:22 PM
Document ID: ED-2011-OM-0002-0001: Family Educational Rights and Privacy. The proposed changes to FERPA do not adequately address the capacity of marketers and other commercial enterprises to capture, use, and re-sell student information. Even with privacy controls in place, it is also far too easy for individuals to get a hold of student information and use it for illegal purposes, including identity theft, child abduction in custody battles, and domestic violence. Few parents are aware, for example, that anyone can request -- and receive -- a student directory from a school. Data and information breaches occur every day in Pre-K-20 schools across the country, so that protecting student privacy has become a matter of plugging holes in a dyke rather than advancing a comprehensive policy that makes student privacy protection the priority.
Schools Selling Students' Personal Information
Date CapturedWednesday October 06, 2010 03:17 PM
Link to stories about schools selling student information

Freedom of Information (FOI)

NYS Department of State Committee on Open Government
Date CapturedSaturday February 14, 2009 01:43 AM
The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws (Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 7 and 6-A respectively).
Freedom of Information (FOI)
Date CapturedSaturday December 06, 2008 05:12 PM
Links to FOI sites.

FTC

“Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade"
Date CapturedThursday December 13, 2012 12:18 PM
FTC: The report strongly urges all entities in the mobile app industry – including app stores, app developers, and third parties providing services within the apps – to accelerate efforts to ensure that parents have the key information they need to make decisions about the apps they download for their children. The report also urges industry to implement recommendations in the recent FTC Privacy Report including: Incorporating privacy protections into the design of mobile products and services; Offering parents easy-to-understand choices about the data collection and sharing through kids’ apps; and Providing greater transparency about how data is collected, used, and shared through kids’ apps.

Identity Theft

ID THEFT RESOURCES
Date CapturedFriday February 01, 2013 08:50 PM

Learning Registry

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT WIDGET AND WEBSITES PERFORMANCE WORK STATEMENT
Date CapturedFriday September 06, 2013 01:02 PM

Legislation

NYSSBA Opposition to S.2357/A.8474
Date CapturedFriday June 22, 2012 02:09 PM

Longitudinal Database

How Much Data Is Enough Data? What happens to privacy when bureaucracies exceed their scope
Date CapturedThursday October 18, 2012 04:38 PM
The following is a detailed account of Oklahoma’s P20 Council (that organization dedicated to the collection of “educational data” as prescribed by the Obama Administration through development of a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS))- their operation, goals and function in the state of Oklahoma. This is, in fact, very important information, as EVERY STATE IN THE UNION is to have a similar council. Not all SLDS development groups are called, P20 (which stands for pre-K to 20 years of age – the time span over which this data is to be collected and accrued). Some other acronyms are P12, P20 Workforce and SLDS.
Pivotal Role of Policymakers as Leaders of P–20/Workforce Data Governance
Date CapturedFriday September 21, 2012 01:40 PM
Outlines the actions policymakers can take to effectively develop and lead P–20W data governance and ensure that data systems meet stakeholder needs.

MOOC

CPO on Privacy, Emerging Technologies, and New Uses of Data
Date CapturedSunday February 10, 2013 06:35 PM
US ED CPO STYLES: Colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions often have research agendas that involve data; they often have medical facilities; and most importantly, colleges and universities often function as change agents, particularly for technological and social change. The combination of new technologies and new uses of data create today’s cutting-edge privacy issues, including “Big Data,” matching with wage data, data sharing in general, the use of analytics, cloud computing, MOOCs, and school use of web engagemen
What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs
Date CapturedFriday February 08, 2013 12:59 PM
MOOC ALERT
Date CapturedWednesday February 06, 2013 02:09 PM
MOOCs are MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES
What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs
Date CapturedFriday February 01, 2013 10:42 PM
An EDUCAUSE Executive Briefing on MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCs)

Opt out: What you need to know

Welcome to The Opt Out of Standardized Tests Site!
Date CapturedSaturday August 04, 2012 07:05 PM
This site was created to collect and share information on state by state rules and experiences related to opting out of standardized tests. This is an open community for any parent, student, or educator interested in finding or sharing opt out information, irrespective of personal decisions regarding political party, religion, or choice of public or non public education.

Opt-Out

OPT-OUT NOW Press Release
Date CapturedTuesday September 10, 2013 08:25 AM
OPT-OUT PROTECT KIDS bracelets
Date CapturedTuesday January 01, 2013 12:23 PM
FREE!
OPT-OUT PROTECT KIDS
Date CapturedSunday December 30, 2012 03:21 PM
Model State Law: Student Privacy Protection Act
Date CapturedTuesday December 25, 2012 08:36 AM
This Act shall be known and cited as the “Student Privacy Protection Act.” This Act shall be liberally and remedially construed to effectuate its purpose. The purpose of the Act is to protect the privacy of students by establishing standards for the disclosure of directory information about students by schools.
DECEMBER 2011 – REVISED FERPA REGULATIONS: AN OVERVIEW FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Date CapturedMonday November 12, 2012 11:00 AM
It is important for schools to have directory information policies, as schools may not do even mundane activities (such as publishing yearbooks or creating graduation programs) without having designated the items about the students contained in the publications as directory information. For example, without a directory information policy, FERPA would require schools to obtain consent for every student every time it wants to publish a yearbook. However, many schools have been forgoing designations of directory information, as they have concluded that such designations would put students at risk of becoming targets of marketing campaigns, the media, or even victims of criminal acts
Genetic Testing and Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine
Date CapturedThursday October 18, 2012 08:38 AM
Most states, including New York, have added tests to their newborn screening panels without formal criteria or processes to guide them. Many commentators recommend that newborn screening programs form advisory committees composed of medical and laboratory professionals and community participants to establish criteria for screening tests and to review screening test panels and program outcomes.

PPRA

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
Date CapturedTuesday February 25, 2014 02:51 PM

Privacy

CPO for Education in NY
Date CapturedSaturday March 29, 2014 10:24 AM
Chief Privacy Officer for Education Act
Date CapturedSaturday August 24, 2013 04:18 PM
Version 2.1
Forensics Weekly
Date CapturedThursday October 18, 2012 04:55 PM
Get Cocoon Daily Privacy News
Date CapturedSaturday October 06, 2012 01:30 PM
Great resource.
“The Right to Privacy”
Date CapturedSaturday December 11, 2010 05:58 PM
Warren and Brandeis - Harvard Law Review. Vol. IV - December 15, 1890 - No. 5 [Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual what Judge Cooley calls the right "to be let alone" [10] Instantaneous photographs and newspaper enterprise have invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life; and numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that "what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops." For years there has been a feeling that the law must afford some remedy for the unauthorized circulation of portraits of private persons;[11] and the evil of invasion of privacy by the newspapers, long keenly felt, has been but recently discussed by an able writer.[12] The alleged facts of a somewhat notorious case brought before an inferior tribunal in New York a few months ago,[13] directly involved the consideration of the right of circulating portraits; and the question whether our law will recognize and protect the right to privacy in this and in other respects must soon come before our courts for consideration.]

Race to the Top (RttT)

Tell Gov Cuomo to Fix NY Schools
Date CapturedThursday August 01, 2013 05:46 PM
PLEASE SIGN PETITION
Race to the Top Reform Flow Chart
Date CapturedSaturday September 29, 2012 10:04 AM
State and District Receipt of Recovery Act Funds
Date CapturedFriday September 21, 2012 03:09 PM
A Report From Charting the Progress of Education Reform: An Evaluation of the Recovery Act’s Role; SEPTEMBER 2012: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or the Recovery Act) of 2009 provided an unprecedented level of funding designed to “stimulate the economy in the short-term and invest wisely, using these funds to improve schools, raise achievement, drive reforms and produce better results for children and young people for the long-term health of our nation.”1 The distribution of Recovery Act funds was intended to reflect these multiple goals. Nearly $97.4 billion were allocated to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), of which $70.6 billion were awarded by ED for primary and secondary (K-12) education through existing and new federal programs.2 These funds were distributed to states and districts using formulas based primarily on population and student poverty and through competitive grants. In return for grants, Recovery Act recipients were required to commit to four core reforms or assurances: 1. Adopting rigorous college-ready and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments, 2. Establishing data systems and using data to improve performance, 3. Increasing educator effectiveness and the equitable distribution of effective educators, and 4. Turning around the lowest-performing schools.
2010-11 Beta Growth Model for Educator Evaluation Technical Report
Date CapturedFriday August 24, 2012 02:34 PM
2010-11 Beta Growth Model for Educator Evaluation Technical Report New York State Education Department
New York Race to Top Budget Summary
Date CapturedTuesday February 14, 2012 11:02 AM

Records Management

InterPARES
Date CapturedSunday April 18, 2010 08:42 PM
[The International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) aims at developing the knowledge essential to the long-term preservation of authentic records created and/or maintained in digital form and providing the basis for standards, policies, strategies and plans of action capable of ensuring the longevity of such material and the ability of its users to trust its authenticity. InterPARES has developed in three phases:]

Resource Links

Key Terms/Definitions in Privacy and Confidentiality
Date CapturedThursday January 06, 2011 02:23 PM
American Statistical Association's Privacy and Confidentiality Committee
New York State Consumer Protection Board (CPB)
Date CapturedFriday December 26, 2008 05:07 PM
The Consumer Protection Board, established in 1970 by the New York State Legislature, is the State's top consumer watchdog and "think tank." The CPB's core mission is to protect New Yorkers by publicizing unscrupulous and questionable business practices and product recalls; conducting investigations and hearings; enforcing the "Do Not Call Law"; researching issues; developing legislation; creating consumer education programs and materials; responding to individual marketplace complaints by securing voluntary agreements; and, representing the interests of consumers before the Public Service Commission (PSC) and other State and federal agencies.

School-Prison-Pipeline

EDUCATION INTERRUPTED: The Growing Use of Suspensions in New York City’s Public Schools
Date CapturedThursday October 13, 2011 04:16 PM
This report analyzes 449,513 suspensions served by New York City students from 1999 to 2009 to draw a picture of zero tolerance practices in the nation’s largest school district. The number of suspensions served each school year has nearly doubled in a decade—even though the student population has decreased over the same period—sending a clear message that public education is a reward for “good” behavior, rather than a fundamental right. This section explains the methodology we used to analyze the suspension data, and provides valuable background on zero tolerance discipline. Section II provides an overview of New York City disciplinary policies and practices. It examines the ever- increasing emphasis on out-of-class and out-of-school suspensions in New York City’s Discipline Code, which governs student behavior. This section also analyzes the impact that NYPD school safety officers have had on the increasing reliance on suspensions and arrests as primary disciplinary tools. Section III analyzes 10 years of school discipline data in New York City, explaining the data behind our conclusions. Finally, the report concludes with our recommendations for the DOE, as well as city and state lawmakers.
Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement
Date CapturedTuesday August 02, 2011 10:09 AM
This report was prepared by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. Key findings in the report include the following: 1. Nearly six in ten public school students studied were suspended or expelled at least once between their seventh- and twelfth-grade school years. 2. African-American students and those with particular educational disabilities were disproportionately likely to be removed from the classroom for disciplinary reasons. 3. Students who were suspended and/or expelled, particularly those who were repeatedly disciplined, were more likely to be held back a grade or to drop out than were students not involved in the disciplinary system. 4. When a student was suspended or expelled, his or her likelihood of being involved in the juvenile justice system the subsequent year increased significantly. 5. Suspension and expulsion rates among schools—even those schools with similar student compositions and campus characteristics—varied significantly.

Social Networking

Privacy management on social media sites
Date CapturedWednesday April 04, 2012 03:10 PM
Mary Madden Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet Project: Most users choose restricted privacy settings while profile “pruning” and unfriending people is on the rise.
ACLU: Social Networking, your privacy rights explained
Date CapturedThursday March 08, 2012 09:05 AM
The vast majority of young people living in the United States go online daily and use social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. With all this information-sharing, many questions about ownership of personal information and possible discipline for postings arise. This guide will answer some of those questions so that you can better understand the rights you have when using social networking both in and out of school.
FACEBOOK privacy policy link:
Date CapturedMonday April 26, 2010 08:32 PM
Facebook’s Privacy Policy. This policy contains eight sections: 1. Introduction; 2. Information We Receive; 3. Information You Share With Third Parties; 4. Sharing Information on Facebook; 5. How We Use Your Information; 6. How We Share Information; 7. How You Can View, Change, or Remove Information; 8. How We Protect Information; 9. Other Terms.

Student Privacy

“Using Data Safely and Effectively to Strengthen Student Performance”
Date CapturedThursday June 26, 2014 10:28 AM
Written Testimony of Thomas C. Murray State and District Digital Learning Director Alliance for Excellent Education Prepared for the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies and House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education June 25, 2014
“How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy”
Date CapturedThursday June 26, 2014 10:24 AM
Joyce Popp Chief Information Officer Idaho State Department of Education June 25, 2014 “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy”
“How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy"
Date CapturedThursday June 26, 2014 10:19 AM
1 United States House of Representatives 113th Congress, 2nd Session Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies and Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy" June 25, 2014 Statement of Joel R. Reidenberg Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law Founding Academic Director, Center on Law and Information Policy Fordham University New York, NY
“How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy”
Date CapturedThursday June 26, 2014 07:49 AM
Prepared Statement of Mark MacCarthy Vice President, Public Policy Software & Information Industry Association Before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Of the Committee on Education and the Workforce And the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Of the Committee on Homeland Security United States House of Representatives On “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy” June 25, 2014
Database State
Date CapturedWednesday March 19, 2014 04:55 PM
The report assesses 46 databases across the major government departments (UK)
Children’s Databases Safety and Privacy A Report for the Information Commissioner Foundation for Information Policy Research
Date CapturedWednesday March 19, 2014 04:42 PM
The specific background to the project is the establishment recently of databases relating to children across social services, education, crime and health.

Teacher Evaluation

2010-11 Beta Growth Model for Educator Evaluation Technical Report
Date CapturedFriday August 24, 2012 02:34 PM
2010-11 Beta Growth Model for Educator Evaluation Technical Report New York State Education Department
“Study of Promising Features of Teacher Preparation Programs”
Date CapturedTuesday August 14, 2012 03:59 PM
COMMENTS OF THE ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER to THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES of the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of New System of Records: For the foregoing reasons, the Education Department must revise its Privacy Act notice for the Study of Promising Features of Teacher Preparation Programs to: (1) limit the collection of student information to only that which is necessary and relevant; and (2) clarify the circumstances under which it will disclose information pursuant to the routine use exception.

Unfair and Deceptive

Education Marketing Group/ECRA LAWSUIT RE: SALE OF STUDENT INFORMATION
Date CapturedFriday October 30, 2009 10:15 AM
Parties Subject to Order ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that this Consent Order and Judgment shall extend to Student Marketing Group, Inc. (“SMG”) and Educational Research Center of America, Inc. (“ERCA”), their successors, assignees, officers, agents, representatives, affiliates and employees and any other person under their direction or control, whether acting individually or in concert with others or through any corporate entity or device through which they may now or hereafter act or conduct business (collectively “respondents”).

US Department of Education

EPIC v US ED (US ED answer)
Date CapturedFriday May 04, 2012 02:53 PM

US Education Department

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
Date CapturedTuesday February 25, 2014 02:51 PM
FACT SHEET: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF EDUCATION DATA FOR ALL AMERICANS
Date CapturedFriday February 08, 2013 12:41 PM
EPIC v US ED : MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND CONSIDER EXTRA-RECORD EVIDENCE
Date CapturedMonday July 23, 2012 06:23 PM
EPIC’S MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND CONSIDER EXTRA-RECORD EVIDENCE

Who Is Watching Your Children?

SafeGov 2012 National Data Privacy in Schools Survey
Date CapturedSunday May 26, 2013 07:31 PM
It's 3PM: Who's Watching Your Children?
Date CapturedWednesday December 12, 2012 05:48 PM
Parents concerned about their children's privacy should be aware of how easily personally identifiable information can be bought and sold by marketers as well as by identity thieves. FERPA was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of education records and directory information -- including name, address, phone number, date of birth, and e-mail address, among other personally identifiable information. Parents should be aware that under FERPA, directory information can be disclosed without parental consent. If you do not opt-out of directory information personal and identifiable information about your children may be public.

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