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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blog: University of Rochester Medical Center Reaches Agreement to Settle Alleged HIPAA Breach

Last week, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reached agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General (NYOAG) to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Students? New FTC Complaint Says It Is

Google Apps for Education has recently come under fire with a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed by a nonprofit organization, Electronic Frontier Foundation. In a press release issued last week, EFF claims that Google’s...more

It’s (Not) Academic: Cybersecurity Is a Must for Universities and Academic Medical Centers

Cutting-edge research institutions need cutting-edge cybersecurity to protect their IP and critical personal and financial data. Universities hold vast repositories of valuable information, including student healthcare...more

Obama Administration Announces $100 million in TechHire Grants to Support IT, Cybersecurity, Broadband Sector Training

On November 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House issued a funding announcement releasing $100 million in grants as a part of the Obama Administration’s TechHire Initiative, which specifically calls out...more

School Data Privacy: Challenges and Best Practices

Schools collect, maintain, use and disclose a large amount of sensitive information of students and employees, including educational records, Social Security numbers, health plan information and health care records (medical,...more

Privacy Tip #8 – How teachers can assist students to be safe online

It is scary to read the headlines that kids become victims of crimes, some of them horrific, because of online activity. Kids are naive and susceptible to online predators. Parents must be vigilant in educating their children...more

Report on Student Data Privacy Highlights Two Key Issues For School Leaders

Student data privacy is the “it” issue right now in edtech, as evidenced by a recent special Student Data Privacy Report (free registration required) issued by Education Week. Education Week prefaces the report with a fact...more

Colleges and Universities Are Prime Cyberattack Targets: What’s Behind the Threat?

When it comes to cyberattack targets, many think of retailers and associated credit card transactions or customer information, or perhaps healthcare providers with their ever-increasing storage and transmission of electronic...more

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