Aug 192014
 

Celia Llopis-Jepsen reports: Principals and some other educators in Topeka Unified School District 501 could until last week illegally access data that identifies which of the district’s students come from low-income families. Four of the district’s schools also displayed the same information — which is protected under federal law as confidential — on color-coded, wall-hanging [...]

Aug 192014
 

Yes, it’s as bad as I’ve been saying for years. Now if they will just audit the NYC Department of Education, too. Employees in six upstate New York school districts had inappropriate computer access to sensitive student data and were able to change student grades and attendance records without proper authorization, according to an audit released today [...]

Aug 192014
 

Allison Grande reports: AOL Inc. disclosed on Friday that it doesn’t respond to signals sent by major Web browsers that indicate that online users don’t want their activities to be tracked across websites, although it said it may be willing to reconsider its position if the industry can agree on a uniform do-not-track standard. As [...]

Aug 192014
 

Kate Tummarello reports: A lobbyist for one of the top companies that trades in consumer data is confident that Congress won’t set rules for how online marketers use information about consumers. During a conference held by the Technology Policy Institute in Aspen, Colo. this week, Tony Hadley — senior vice president for government affairs and public policy [...]

Aug 192014
 

Another perspective. Greg Stevens writes: InBloom could have revolutionized our national educational infrastructure. Instead, it’s been taken down by paranoia and misunderstanding, a move that’s stalled significant progress in the realm of edtech. The fall of inBloom is a sad tale about political activists latching onto conspiracy theories and using scare tactics to advance their [...]

Aug 182014
 

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says his Office is looking at publicly naming offending agencies which breach the rules around personal information. In  a speech to a Trade Me Government and Regulatory seminar, Mr Edwards said public exposure can be an effective tool, and sometimes the best lever to ensure a change in practice. Read more [...]