When it comes to data privacy, what concerns me most of all is how much data is being collected without our knowledge. While many users understand that by entering their information into Facebook or other Social Media profile makes it public, many do not know that every internet search or email sent adds to the data mining pot. This is a great infographic, covering just the tip of the iceberg about what Google knows about you.
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.
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.
Come join the conversation about how we can all work to protect student data and privacy without sacrificing the benefits of learning and working in the cloud.
This is an important step in ensuring that we protect students’ rights and data.
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.
In my recent article, “Those Terms of Service on Popular Ed Tech Websites DO Matter” I brought up the fact that Google was currently embroiled in a lawsuit in California related to scanning student gmail accounts within their Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Enterprise accounts. Today on their official blog, Google has announced that it has fully turned off this feature in their GAFE suite to assuage any concerns about invading the privacy of students and teachers.
You can read more about this announcement on Google’s Official Blog.
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.