I have written a great deal about the importance of privacy for ourselves and our students. How much data corporations and the government gather about us, our families, and especially our children should be an important topic for educators and parents alike. This week, the Note to Self Podcast began their quest to investigate how we can take hold of our digital world and privacy. Check out the first episode of their series the Privacy Paradox.
WNYC Privacy Paradox
Americans have struggled with their views on privacy, security, and convenience since the dawn of the internet; PEW Research center has published numerous polls and studies on just this topic. These problems have exploded with the advent of social media, smart tools (thanks Waze for getting me around that traffic), and now the internet of things (do you own a Nest Thermostat or an Amazon Echo?).
Check out this evocative series on privacy and your digital self.
Are your posts private on Facebook? Have you ever been tagged in a photo, event, or activity that you didn’t want shared? Navigating social media and privacy is complicated. Check out Computerphile’s video of Professor Derek McAuley at the University of Nottingham discussing the complexities of privacy online. He highlights where we are doing well and areas we need to improve.
Securing student data and privacy is an important topic in the economy of educational technology. While the Federal Government has declared several guidelines via COPPA and FERPA, it is very tricky to know whether or not a company or organization adheres to these requirements. Many of them assert that schools/institutions are responsible for enforcing COPPA compliance.
A great tool for educators and institutions to determine a company’s abilityto protect student data is TrustE certification.
The TRUSTe Children’s Privacy Certification program certifies compliance with the COPPA Rule and meets the requirements of TRUSTe’s standard TRUSTed Websites Program, which include ongoing site monitoring and privacy dispute resolution.
After passing the certification process, members receive TRUSTe’s trusted web seals to display throughout their respective web pages. Client Service Managers provide seal placement guidance to ensure members are maximizing the impact of the seals. More than 25 million consumers click on these seals annually to confirm TRUSTe membership.
Starting November 11, Google will begin using personal endorsement and reviews from individuals along with their image in its ads. To learn more about what this means, read the article by CNN. Users can opt even via the “Google Profiles – Shared Endorsements” page.