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Best Practices for Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Programs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published these best practices to inform government agencies and others that are interested in establishing unmanned aircraft programs grounded in policies and procedures that are respectful of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.  These best practices are not prescriptive, but represent an optimal approach to sustaining privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties throughout the lifecycle of an unmanned aircraft systems program.Read Now (PDF 442K)... Read More

U.S. state education privacy legislation 2016

Below is a table of 2016 U.S. state legislation relating to the collection, retention and use of student data. The table is up-to-date as of February 3, 2016. State Bill No. Bill Title Introduced On Status Arizona SB 1389 Student, teacher data collection; prohibitions 2/1/2016 Introduced Summary: Requires parental consent for collection; requires written notification to parents of any access or sharing of PII or student-level info; state may not share student/teach... Read More


The practice of customizing an advertisement for a product or service to a specific market based on the geographic location of potential customers.... Read More

Media Access Control Address

A hardware identification number that uniquely identifies each device connected to a network. The MAC address is manufactured into every network card in each device and therefore it cannot be changed and remains constant no matter what network the device is connected to. Acronym: MAC address... Read More


The process of assigning geographic coordinates to non-locational data so that they can be placed as points on a map. For example, geocoding could be used to translate a street address (which describes a location) into precise coordinates that identify the location on a map.... Read More


The process of adding geographical information to various media in the form of metadata, such as latitude and longitude coordinates or city and state details for the location of a photo or social media post.... Read More

The FTC Casebook

The FTC Casebook collects and provides access to more than 180 privacy and data security enforcement actions—full-text searchable, tagged, indexed and annotated.... Read More

A brief history of the General Data Protection Regulation

    On 28 January 2016: The 47 countries of the Council of Europe as well as European institutions, agencies and bodies celebrated the 10th annual European Data Protection Day which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe's Convention 108. The series of events dedicated to this anniversary included a conference co-hosted by the European Parliament and the European Data Protection Supervisor for EU officials on the EU data protection reform. On 21 December 2015: The European Commission ... Read More