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House Committee examines student data privacy concerns

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently held a hearing to evaluate federal policies affecting education research and student privacy. At issue is whether and how Congress will update the 1974 Family...more

Top Takeaways from IAPP

The world of privacy grows every day as more data goes through the cloud. The new trends and weekly data breaches make conferences like the Global Privacy Summit all the more relevant. Earlier this month we went to...more

Drafting Agendas: Three Reasons to be More Specific than “Attorney-Client Privileged Communication – Executive Session...

One of the most regularly used reasons to enter executive session is to discuss a matter that would result in the disclosure of communications that are privileged by the attorney-client relationship. The agenda item often...more

Tidewater Community College hit with phishing scam exposing data of 3,193 employees

Tidewater Community College (Tidewater) has announced that the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers of 3,193 current and former faculty and staff members was compromised in a phishing scheme and...more

Open Communication and Collaboration Make Campus Networks Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Institutions of higher education face growing threats from cyber attackers. Instances of attacks on universities are increasing, with recent large-scale attacks at some of the country's top universities. Approximately one...more

Cyber Crime in Higher Education

With each passing year, higher education becomes a more vulnerable target of cybercrime. Symantec’s 2015 Internet Security Threat Report indicates that education is the third most frequently breached of the public or private...more

Response to data breach at UCLA creates controversy

Universities are an attractive target for hackers because they contain many access points in their networks, and the networks contain financial and personal data as well as intellectual property. Last summer, hackers breached...more

Alert: Common Sense Media to Grade EdTech Company Privacy Practices

Last week, Common Sense Media ("CSM") announced that it is undertaking an ambitious initiative to evaluate and grade the student data privacy practices of EdTech companies that provide products, apps, or services for use in...more

Federal Judge Reverses Own Ruling on Release of Student Data

“Not so fast!” cried privacy advocates and parents when California federal judge Kimberly Mueller ordered the release of a huge database of personally identifiable student information to a group of plaintiffs’...more

UPDATE: Judge Modifies Ruling Impacting Disclosure of Student Records by California DOE

April 1 Deadline to Object Still Applies - The federal judge in the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education case modified her original decision regarding the release of student...more

University of California Berkeley breached…again…financial data of 80,000

We previously reported that University of California Berkeley had suffered a data breach affecting 550 students and their families in April 2015. Last Thursday, UC Berkeley announced that a hacker broke into its Financial...more

School Districts and Drones: The Door Remains Open for Regulation Efforts

Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("UAS"), otherwise known as drones, are everywhere. Literally. And their recreational use is likely to become even more prevalent given the hundreds of thousands of UAS's that were projected to be...more

Case Permits Possible Disclosure of Student Records by California Department of Education

School Districts Should Notify Parents About April 1 Opt-Out Deadline - A federal judge has ordered the California Department of Education to release information about students who are attending, or who have attended,...more

Drones on campus: What higher ed needs to know

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or drones) has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, and this explosion has reached college campuses. Drones are being used for research and development, academic...more

Students Sue University of Central Florida for Data Breach

Recently, students and employees of the University of Central Florida (the “University”) filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Florida federal court against the University alleging that the University failed to adequately...more

What Can Schools Expect from the 2016 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 3, 2016, the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. Adjournment is scheduled for May 4, 2016. One can assume that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be...more

Drone U: Drone Use on Campus and Developing an Effective Drone Policy

Drones on campus is a key issue facing universities and educational institutions today. As small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) increasingly make their appearance on campuses across the U.S., colleges and universities are...more

Berkeley students sue Google for mining emails for ads through Apps for Education

Four students attending the University of California, Berkeley, sued Google last week alleging that it violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by scanning and mining their emails in order to create advertising...more

Is your institution of higher education covered by HIPAA?

It comes as no surprise that virtually every postsecondary administrator is familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). After all, FERPA, the primary federal law...more

UVA notifies employees of illegal access to human resources information through phishing scheme

The University of Virginia (UVA) has notified approximately 1,400 of its employees that unauthorized individuals were able to access its HR system and the personal information of 1,400 employees of the Academic Division. The...more

Attorneys Are Not So Special After All: The FOIA and the Need for Specific Agenda Items

Generally, Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] requires that a public agency preparing an agenda/posting for a meeting ensure that each agenda item is specific enough to apprise the public of the action...more

Headed Toward a Short Circuit? Robots, Special Education Students, and Legal Risks

When I was a kid, I loved the movie Short Circuit. (I know: I’m both dating myself and making you question my taste in movies). I always wondered if the day would come when I would have my own walking, talking robot friend...more

Circuit Court Holds that Public Body May Not Discuss Election of Officers in Closed Session

In Denton v. City Council for the City of Hopewell, CL 2015-71 (Hopewell Cir. Ct. 2015), a suit brought under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code §§ 2.2-3700 et seq., (“FOIA”), the Hopewell Circuit Court...more

Privacy Tip #17 – Educating K-12 students on privacy

I am obviously a big advocate of teaching kids about privacy at a young age. Luckily, I am not alone. There is a new privacy curriculum that educators can use to help their students learn about privacy issues, their right to...more

Privacy Tip #16 – Top privacy tips for 2015

In response to our clients, colleagues, readers and friends’ requests, we started publishing weekly privacy tips 16 weeks ago. We hope that you have found them to be helpful, both in your personal and professional life....more

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