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What’s on the Horizon in the Golden State?

As we near the turn of the year into 2015, organizations should keep an eye on laws taking effect on the West Coast. This year, the crop of new privacy statutes includes a few without precedent anywhere in the country. The...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

California Enacts New Data Privacy Legislation

California is once again initiating significant changes to protect informational privacy in the digital world. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several pieces of legislation in an attempt to protect individuals against...more

How to Respond to FOIA Requests For Overall Teacher Summative Ratings?

LR-hands-over-laptopkeysIt has come to our attention that certain school districts in Connecticut have already received requests under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] for access to overall district and school level...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2014

In This Issue: - Obama Issues Order to Improve Data Security - Fed Official Calls for U.S. to Stop Bailing Out Banks - Global Regulators Crack Down on Shadow Banking to Curb Risks - CFPB Reports...more

California Passes Student Data Privacy Law

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a bill into law that mandates the protection of the personal data of school children that use online educational programs. The Student Online Personal Information...more

Alert: California's Student Online Personal Information Protection Act is the First State Law to Comprehensively Address Student...

California recently passed the first state law in the nation that comprehensively addresses student privacy. The Student Online Personal Information Protection Act ("SOPIPA" or "Act"), which will become effective on January...more

California's Privacy Laws on the Move

The State of California, long the most proactive U.S. state in enacting data privacy laws, has again modified its breach notification and data protection laws. This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed two privacy bills into...more

California Continues to Regulate Privacy and Advertising to Minors in New Law Regulating School-related Online Services

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1177 into law, effective Jan 1, 2015. The new privacy and advertising regulation goes beyond FERPA, the federal student privacy law, and existing state student...more

California Breaks New Ground in Education Privacy Law with K-12 Student Data Privacy Bill

A substantial rise in schools’ use of online educational technology products has caused educators to become increasingly reliant on these products to develop their curricula, deliver materials to students in real time, and...more

California Sets the Curve with New Regulations on Collection and Use of Student Data

When one thinks of the use of technology in school, often the first image that comes to mind is of students sending ill-advised Snapchats and making in-app purchases that line the pockets of the Kardashian family, rather than...more

Pass or Fail? Sens. Markey and Hatch Introduce “Protecting Student Privacy Act” Seeking to Amend FERPA, Increase Protection of...

On July 30, 2014, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., made good on his earlier promise to beef up the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to provide heightened protections for student educational records...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Raises Questions About Cell Phone Searches in Schools

The long-standing test for searching students at school requires that the search must be based on a “reasonable suspicion” that the student violated a school rule or law. A recent criminal decision from the United States...more

House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Data Mining and Student Privacy

Today, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notice Law That Adds Extra Protection for Student Information while inBloom Withers

The world of the 1987 movie Robocop largely remains science fiction – except, perhaps the central character’s ability to access massive amounts of confidential personal data through the strike of a keyboard or even his helmet...more

FTC Changes COPPA FAQ To Provide New Guidance On Consent And Data Collection In Educational Settings

On April 22, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) website to provide additional information on how operators can collect students' personal information—in compliance with the...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Law - New Law Limits Cloud Service Providers’ Collection of Student Data

Kentucky is the 47th state, along with the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, to enact a data breach notification law requiring business entities to notify individuals of security breaches...more

Privacy & Security Bits and Bytes

There has been so much news swirling in the data privacy and security world in the last few days, that it has been difficult to keep up. We’ll give you a roundup here....more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Statute

On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B. 232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including...more

Ill Conceived California Privacy Bill Threatens Viability Of Commercial Educational Online Services

SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature. This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students. It would drastically...more

Closing The Gap Between Privacy Policies And The Use Of Portable Storage Devices

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released its Report of Findings from a year-long investigation into a significant incident involving the loss of personal data at the former Ministry of Human Resources and...more

U.S. Department Of Education Releases Guidance On Protecting Student Information While Using Online Educational Services

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance on the proper use, storage and security of student data being generated by new online educational resources. Published by the Department’s new Privacy Technical...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance to Protect Student Privacy Online

Educational institutions face greater legal exposure given their increasing use of online educational services – and situations where they can both collect and disclose protected information. As a result, these institutions...more

“Sophisticated” Breach Exposes 300,000 Student Records at University of Maryland: 3 Questions You Should Ask

Officials at the University of Maryland (“University” or “UMD”) announced that UMD was the victim of a significant security breach that took place on Tuesday, February 18 (the “Breach” or “Incident”). The Incident,...more

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