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.
This is an important step in ensuring that we protect students’ rights and data.
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.