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79,000 students’ data breached by vendor of Cal State

We End Violence, a third party vendor that provides online sexual assault prevention training to California State (Cal State) students notified Cal State that it experienced a vulnerability in its underlying code that exposed...more

States Try to Make the Grade with Student Data Privacy Efforts

Eight states passed substantive bills during the 2015 legislative session requiring education-focused Internet service, websites and mobile app providers to take measures to protect student data - With students around the...more

Academic Institutions Are Under Cyber Attack

Academia’s cyber preparedness (or lack thereof) has received less media attention than that of certain retailers and financial institutions, but nonetheless the cyber risks confronting universities are pervasive and alarming....more

The Future Is Now! Drones Are Coming to Public Schools… But Are We Ready?

During a recent meeting with a school district client they casually mentioned they were using a "drone." Surprised, I asked “Why… to mercilessly bomb al-Qaida strongholds with Graham crackers?" Ignoring my attempt at humor,...more

U.S. Department of Education issues FERPA guidance related to medical information

In conjunction with the new school year, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance, in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter, to higher education institutions to remind them of FERPA’s requirements as they relate to...more

School Districts and Charter Schools Must Address Student Data Privacy Concerns in Contracts

In working with school districts and charter schools, our firm has learned that many clients may have entered into agreements that lack key contract terms necessary to protect student data privacy. In other cases, we have...more

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of...more

Delaware enacts a series of privacy laws

Delaware recently enacted four privacy laws–the Online and Personal Privacy Protection Act (DOPPA), the Student Data Privacy Protection Act (SDPPA) the Victim Online Privacy Act (VOPA) and the Employee/Applicant Protection...more

The ABCs of COPPA Compliance

In today’s environment – when data breaches seem to be in the news nearly every day – the media, regulators and many others are hyper-focused on privacy issues. Schools and educational institutions are no exception when it...more

Higher Education Institutions Increasingly Falling Victim to Cyberattacks

Higher education institutions are treasure troves for hackers. Colleges and universities are huge repositories of research data, sensitive information for large populations of applicants and enrolled students (personal,...more

Privacy and Security Guidance: Cloud Computing in the MUSH Sector

I. Purpose of this Guidance Document and How to Apply - This document is intended to be used by decision makers in the MUSH Sector when considering using cloud services....more

Delaware Student Data Privacy Protection Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

With the continuing push for more prolific and creative use of technology in Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, student data has become more valuable, and the protection of that data of greater concern. In the face...more

New Hampshire Establishes Privacy Protections for Student Online Personal Information

California again has provided a model of privacy legislation for other states to follow. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recently signed into law House Bill 520 (the “Bill”), a bipartisan effort to establish guidelines...more

Hackers seek to access intellectual property assets of higher educational institutions

College and universities, like many other businesses and organizations, defend against millions of cyberattacks each day. Most recently, Penn State’s College of Engineering discovered a multi-year long cyberattack seeking...more

The Nevada Data Breach Law

Nevada, like most states, has a data security statute that addresses what to do when there’s a data breach. Here’s a quick summary of the Nevada law, which is found at N.R.S. § 603A.010 et seq, “Security of Personal...more

Student Privacy In Online Educational Services

The commercial use of data mined by providers of online educational services, such as Internet homework portals, digital grade books for teachers, and student e-mail programs, continues to be a hot topic on numerous fronts. ...more

Department of Education Issues New Guidance Documents Relating to Student Privacy

The past few years have seen exponential growth in the use of technology in the classroom, with applications ranging from the increased availability and use of e-books to the displacement of physical classrooms through...more

Records Retention Rules Revamped

The State and Local Records Commission rules regarding records management, production, retention, and disposal have undergone sweeping changes. These changes reflect an express intent to bring public bodies up to speed by...more

FTC updates COPPA FAQs related to educational context

On March 24, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to better address the intersection of COPPA regulations and schools....more

HIPAA Breach Affects Many Western New York School Districts

Recently, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems was hacked. The information believed to have been accessed includes names, member ID numbers, dates of...more

Alert: Student Data Privacy: the States Are in the Lead

Student privacy has become a focal point in the education sector. While media attention has largely focused on activities in Washington, we believe it is also critical for schools and Ed Tech companies to pay closer attention...more

Federal student privacy law in flux

In recent months, the White House and members of Congress have called for an overhaul of the forty-year old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) ((20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which safeguards the...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Electronic Data Breach Of Student Records—The University’s Obligation To Disclose (3/15)

Data security breaches have become unfortunately prevalent amongst higher education institutions. In fact, colleges and universities suffer data breaches at a rate of just over one per week.(1) The Privacy Rights...more

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance: Terms of Service Agreements

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”), a resource center established by the U.S. Department of Education for information on data privacy, recently released guidance relating to Terms of Service agreements. This...more

12 Legal Mistakes to Avoid in Terms of Service for Online Educational Services and Apps

A classroom teacher comes across a promising online educational service or application that she wants to use with her students and comes to you to make sure it’s legally appropriate. The service or app would collect and use...more

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