Oct 302020
 October 30, 2020  Posted by  U.S., Youth & Schools

Dominic Dhil Panakal of Womble Bond Dickinson

Parents, students, and educators are navigating a novel educational landscape. Some schools are relying on a virtual model that requires significant technological involvement, others have opened up their facilities for in-school learning, with significant testing and safety precautions, and others have created a fusion of the two. Each of these models comes with privacy risks of their own.

The Center for Democracy and Technology commissioned research on student privacy during COVID-19 and found that 86% of teachers have expanded the technology that they are using.

Read more on National Law Review.

Oct 292020
 October 29, 2020  Posted by  Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Tim Cushing writes:

The DHS’s hunger for data cannot be satisfied by mandatory facial scanning at airports, cellphone scraping at border checkpoints, or the dozens of government databases crammed full of personal info it has access to. It needs more. So, it’s asking for more. More mandatory collection of biometric info from millions of people, including US citizens.

The EFF is asking the government to dump this program.

Read more on TechDirt.

Oct 292020
 October 29, 2020  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Michelle Reed of AKIN GUMP writes:

A coalition of African nations have developed a data protection framework with the goal of centralizing data protection laws and the digital economy across Africa. Currently, five countries, including Nigeria, are testing the data protection framework, with the intention to make Africa a single market. After the testing is complete, the data protection framework will be replicated across additional African countries.

The data protection framework, focused on data transfers, is based on the legal agreement established with the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, also referred to as the Malabo Convention for Cyber Security and Data Protection.

Read more on JDSupra.