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Washington University School of Medicine Victim of Phishing Attack

Another employee falls for a phishing attack. This time, it was an employee of the Washington University School of Medicine The employee received a phishing email on December 2, 2016, and feel for what looked like a real...more

IRS to Notify 100,000 Taxpayers That Their Information May Have Been Obtained Through Misuse of FAFSA Retrieval Tool

On Thursday, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Commissioner John Koskinen testified that the personal data of up to a 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised as a result of criminal use of the Free Application for...more

IRS is Hacked, Again!

The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts. The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that loaded information from tax returns onto...more

FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Remains Down Over Security Concerns

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced that the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections could be added....more

New Laws Add Significant Student Record-Keeping Requirements

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Michigan legislature has enacted two new laws, effective March 22, 2017, due to changes in technology and practices as they relate to student information. These statutes make management of student record information more...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

Cyberattacker Offers Access to Private Data From 60 Universities and Agencies

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In February 2017, a private threat intelligence firm alerted more than 60 organizations – institutions of higher education and governmental entities – that their internal databases had been breached by a Russian-speaking...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

by Snell & Wilmer on

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – February, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Life is not all data team meetings and cafeteria supervision. Two months ago, I met a wonderful woman on Tinder, and our relationship has blossomed ever since. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter -...more

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

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a high school administrator, I have to do those bullying investigations from time to time. As required by the law, I recently informed a rather over-involved parent that I had started investigating...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

by Saul Ewing LLP on

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

Class Action Roundup: Fall 2016

by Alston & Bird on

In this edition of Class Action Roundup, we feature decisions from the third quarter of 2016, covering everything from pizza delivery and Uber drivers to payday lenders, canned tuna manufacturers, and even...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

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Individuals Have A Constitutional Right To Privacy In Their Home Addresses And Other...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 2337, 2016 WL 6087684, (Pa. Oct. 18, 2016) (“PSEA”). The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that individuals have a constitutional right to...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

Legal Question of the Week – November, 2016 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: It is tough being a coach, as I know from personal experience. I was the boys basketball coach before getting this gig as principal. Given my experience, I like to give the coaches at my school advice...more

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