Sep 302014
 

Gretchen M. Shipley writes: School districts should also be proactive in asking key questions from online operators and sites made available to students, like: What type of information does the operator collect from students? Is the information used for commercial purposes? (If so, a school cannot consent on behalf of the parent.) Is the information [...]

Sep 302014
 

Victor Skinner reports: John Hopkins Medicine researchers will track the physical activities and daily diet of 50 overweight freshman from Lakewood High School as part of a pilot project using Fitbit – an electronic wristband that records activity and sleep patterns. The effort, funded by a $100,000 grant from insurer Florida Blue, is focused more [...]

Sep 302014
 

Julian Hattem reports: Privacy advocates are criticizing the Federal Trade Commission for what they call lax oversight of laws designed to protect children’s privacy. The Center for Digital Democracy and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood on Tuesday filed comments with the FTC accusing AgeCheq — a company offering a service that lets parents allow websites [...]

Sep 302014
 

Daniel Rivero reports on a story previously noted on this blog: An alleged phone call from the NSA prompted public school officials in an Alabama school district to launch a surveillance program to monitor students’ online activities, administrators of the Huntsville City School District now admit. The NSA allegedly took an interest in the Lee [...]

Sep 302014
 

AP reports: Gov. Jerry Brown has approved what supporters say will be the nation’s toughest law in protecting students’ privacy rights. The governor announced Monday that he had signed SB1177. The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento, prohibits companies from using students’ personal information for profit. Read more on News10. [...]

Sep 302014
 

The following is cross-posted from DataBreaches.net, where you can find extensive coverage of a 2013 breach at Maricopa County Community Colleges District (MCCCD) that affected almost 2.5 million. Earlier this year, I reached out to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), to encourage them to join DataBreaches.net in filing a complaint with the FTC concerning the massive [...]

Sep 302014
 

Paris Cowan reports: Privacy advocates have raised concerns about functionality built into West Australian school student email accounts which offers some education staff unsupervised access to stored messages. The so-called ‘duty of care’ feature was built into WA schools’ Microsoft Office for Education cloud email service in late 2013, according to the WA Department of [...]