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Know Where Your Student Data is Going!

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As we move into the second half of the school year, we want to remind districts and charter schools of the importance of securing and protecting student data. Educators use and share student data in dynamic ways that improve...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

College Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Encrypted Data

The scourge of “ransomware”—malicious computer viruses that prevent entities from accessing their own data until they pay a ransom—has spread to the higher education sphere. In early January 2017, a California public...more

Los Angeles Community College Pays Ransomware to Retrieve Data

On December 30, 2016, the Los Angeles Community College computer network was kidnapped by cyber criminals requesting a ransom for its return. The ransomware encrypted the college’s entire network system, including...more

Increasing Ransomware Attacks in Higher Education

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Malicious “ransomware” attacks — where a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts data, preventing the owner from accessing it until the victim pays a sum of money — are on the rise against...more

University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and Hogan Lovells Launch a Data Protection Officer Degree

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 5, 2017 Paris Law School Panthéon-Assas launched its first university degree (diplôme d’université) aimed at training future Data Protection Officers (DPOs) under the new European General Data Protection Regulation...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: New York State Department of Financial Services to Implement Regulations Applicable to All...

Following a public comment period, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has published a modified version of new regulations, previously issued on September 13, 2016, aimed at creating higher cybersecurity...more

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of...more

University of Wisconsin Announces Data Breach of Law School Applicants

Last week, the University of Wisconsin Law School notified 1,213 applicants from 2005-2006 that their names and Social Security numbers were breached back in November. The University discovered that a hacker gained access to...more

Michigan State Data Breach and the Value of Preparedness

Michigan State University’s announcement earlier this month that hackers had gained access to a school database of about 400,000 records highlights why colleges and universities are such tempting targets for hackers and just...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education...more

School’s in Session for the Ed Tech Industry: California AG Gives Lessons on Student Data Safeguards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Wednesday, California’s Attorney General released a report with recommendations for the education technology (“Ed Tech”) industry, a multi-billion dollar industry that is transforming learning as we know it. The Ed Tech...more

State Legislatures Protect Student Data and Mandate Greater Transparency

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Public schools have generated and maintained massive amounts of student information for decades. Standardized test scores, grades, conduct records, psychological and medical information, student assessments, child and parent...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Medical Records

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to provide guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of student medical...more

Privacy Tip #54 – Keep Student Data Safe

In the past few years, we have seen the explosion of “big data,” “data analytics,” “data aggregation,” “predictive modeling,” and “data breaches.” None of these terms existed when I graduated from law school. We have...more

Privacy Rules Surrounding Student Mental Health

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

September can bring about lots of changes, especially for college students. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a guide for departing college students and their families on mental illness, including...more

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments...more

First Day of School for the NYS Education Department’s New Chief Privacy Officer

As New York public schools increase the use of technology in day-to-day operations and in the classroom, they increasingly face data management and data security threats similar to those faced by businesses and non-profit...more

Florida Court Holds Budget Request Forms and Activity and Service Fee Records Not “Educational Records”

On August 11, 2016, a Florida state court judge held that the University Central Florida Board of Trustees (“UCF”) must produce Budget Request forms and Activity and Service Fee Database records to Knight News, Inc. (“KNI”)...more

Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

by Carlton Fields on

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals...more

University of Mississippi to Pay $2.75 Million for Alleged HIPAA Violations

by King & Spalding on

On July 21, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), stemming from a 2013 breach of...more

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and...more

Uniform Approach Proposed to Protect Employee and Student Online Login Information

by McGuireWoods LLP on

State legislatures are increasingly legislating in the area of employee and student online privacy. Privacy practitioners should be aware that there is now a proposed uniform law for the states to consider enacting. At its...more

OCR’s Recent $2.7 Million Settlement with Oregon Health & Science University Highlights the Importance of HIPAA Compliance...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recently entered into a resolution agreement to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and...more

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