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DOE Imposes Data Security Requirements on Colleges and Universities

Do you have a written data security program in place to meet federal requirements? In the last year, the Department of Education (DOE) released guidance in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter emphasizing the importance...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

ALERT: Interim CT Legislative Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of laws during its regular session that will impact Connecticut schools and public-sector employers. Among other things, bills have been enacted that...more

Privacy Tip #97 – Send Your Kid to Cyber Camp This Summer

I have lamented repeatedly that we have a dearth of cyber talent in the U.S. to meet the needs of employers. Many of our clients recruit talent from other countries in order to meet their cyber needs. The need continues to...more

Further Breaking News for New York State Institutions: State Provides Clarification on Article 129-B Audit

On Friday, July 7, 2017, the Office of Campus Safety clarified its Notice of Audit, specifically stating that it is “not requesting submission of personally identifiable information of any individual” and emphasizing that...more

Breaking News for New York Institutions: State to Narrow Scope of Article 129-B Audit

In light of the serious concerns institutions and advocates have expressed about FERPA and other privacy laws, we have recently been informed that the Office of Campus Safety will likely revise its Notice of Audit, dated June...more

Southern Oregon University Victim of Phishing Scheme

Last month, Southern Oregon University (SOU) announced that it was the victim of a $1.9 million phishing scheme. SOU received an email purportedly from their contractor, Anderson Construction, requesting the April payment for...more

N.Y. Education Law Article 129-B Notice of Audit Issued to New York Colleges and Universities

Many institutions are reporting receipt of a letter dated June 26, 2017 from the New York Office of Campus Safety with an attached Notice of Audit (“Notice”) pursuant to New York Education Law Article 129-B (N.Y. Educ. Law §§...more

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Professor Deprived of Due Process Through Salary Reduction - Due process with respect to an employee’s property interest in employment is a vitally important consideration at public institutions, and, as a recent case...more

3 things your school should know about Missouri State Auditor’s emphasis of cybersecurity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since being appointed in April of 2015, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has consistently made cybersecurity a priority for her office. Ms. Galloway has focused on cybersecurity throughout all components of Missouri...more

“Big Data” and Student Privacy Create Tensions for Lawmakers and Educators

by McGuireWoods LLP on

“Big data” in the education context refers to the massive amount of information collected by K-12 schools and higher education institutions on student socio-economics, race and sex, test performance, academic performance,...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Breast Cancer Charity over Fraud Allegations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc. (“BCSF”)...more

1 Million Individuals’ Personal Data on Backup Drive is Stolen from Washington State University

File this story in the category of even locking data up in a safe is not secure. Washington State University (WSU) has begun to notify approximately 1 million individuals that their personal data was compromised when a...more

EFF Report Finds That Student Data is Not Adequately Protected By Ed Tech Companies

On April 13, 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published Spying on Students, a report detailing its investigation into school-issued devices and student privacy. EFF found that parents were overwhelmingly not...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Has Spoken - May 2017

We had written earlier about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its March 8, 2017 meeting. The Committee subsequently voted favorably on a...more

1.3 Million K-12 Students’ Data Potentially Exposed

We often comment how no industry is immune from data breaches. That would include educational institutions and their vendors, as this story reminds us....more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Data Privacy and Security

by Cooley LLP on

The second post in the series on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid focuses on data privacy and security. Learn more about student data privacy and best practices...more

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

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

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

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