Sens. ask FTC to investigate advertising in children's apps

(Nov 14, 2018) Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate advertising in children’s apps, Gizmodo reports. In their letter to the FTC, the senators write some of the marketing techniques used in the apps violate Section 5 of the FTC Act. The senators cited several examples of exploitative advertising currently used in children’s apps and have given the agency until Dec. 4 to respond to their letter. “The FTC has a st... Read More

Pros discuss pros and cons of classroom apps

(Oct 26, 2018) University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education Joel Westheimer and Trend Micro Vice President of Cloud Research Mark Nunnikhoven discussed the benefits and privacy risks of classroom apps, CBC News reports. Westheimer said the apps can give feedback to teachers and parents and give parents the ability to see what their children work on. Nunnikhoven notes most of the apps are based in the U.S. and therefore are subject to different privacy laws than the ones enforced in Canada. Nunnikhoven adds ther... Read More

Yale faces second lawsuit for 10-year-old data breach

(Oct 19, 2018) Yale University now faces a second lawsuit over a data breach that took place 10 years ago in which hackers accessed more than 100,000 students’ personal information, the Herald-Mail Media reports. Yale notified students impacted by the breach about six weeks after discovery, offered a year of identity-theft protection services, and concluded no investigation would take place. The lawsuit alleges the university “improperly retained personal information” and that it was made aware of data breach ... Read More

Irish DPC launches data privacy education pilot program for children

(Oct 18, 2018) The Irish Data Protection Commission has launched pilot data privacy education modules in three schools within the country, reports. The modules are targeted toward three different age groups: 9 to 10, 14 to 15, and 16 and older. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said she plans to host a public consultation later this year to discuss the benefits of data privacy education in schools and that initial feedback to the pilot program could inform a national lesson plan. "We... Read More

How one law school is supporting the growth of the privacy and cybersecurity profession

(Oct 10, 2018) Realizing the privacy and cybersecurity space affords students real opportunities, Seton Hall Law School developed its Privacy Law and Cyber Security program not only to reflect the growing demand for expertise in this area but also to support professionals who find themselves in need of deeper knowledge. Offering programs for both non-lawyers and lawyers alike, Seton Hall Law's Master of Science in Jurisprudence now provides an opportunity to sharpen knowledge in this growing field and takes ad... Read More

A look at one law school's privacy certificate employment results

(Oct 9, 2018) In 2014, the Santa Clara University School of Law adopted a first-in-the-nation Privacy Law Certificate for JD students. Four classes — 21 students in total — have graduated since the certificate was enacted. These students have entered a boom market for privacy professionals, so, not surprisingly, certificate alumni have been popular. Eric Goldman takes a look at some of those employment outcomes for The Privacy Advisor.Full Story... Read More

Molloy: N.L. school buses can be equipped with security cameras

(Oct 5, 2018) Newfoundland and Labrador Information and Privacy Commissioner Donovan Molloy said the province’s English School District has the right to install cameras in school buses, CBC News reports. The issue was raised after a teenager was charged with three counts of sexual assault, with the parents of one of the victims calling for the cameras in response to the act. Molloy said the Newfoundland & Labrador School Act allows for the installation of cameras as long as it is deemed necessary, but sug... Read More

Use of facial-recognition technology at elementary school raises privacy concerns

(Oct 1, 2018) After a school in Seattle incorporated facial-recognition technology to streamline security, concerns over its use and the associated privacy concerns ensued, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While in operation at a private elementary school, the technology affords parents and guardians the option to include their face in a database that will allow that individual, if recognized, to automatically open the school door. About 300 parents have enlisted in the database, but, for some, the inclus... Read More

Cafe trades coffee for students' personal information

(Oct 1, 2018) NPR reports on a Japanese-owned, Rhode Island–based cafe that is exchanging coffee for students’ personal data. While Shiru Cafe only serves coffee to university students and faculty, it only accepts money from faculty. Instead, students are asked to input their names, phone numbers, email addresses, majors, birthdates and other information. The cafe then provides coffee for free and is able to sell the data to corporate sponsors, who can then contact the students with digital advertisements and... Read More

Perspective: Why we need a broader conversation about ed-tech privacy

(Sep 28, 2018) Now that fall is officially here with students fully immersed in another year of schooling, all the anxieties "for children and parents alike" is back. "We worry about assignments, friendships, grades, and, particularly in the U.S., we worry about safety," writes Citigroup Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Amanda O'Keefe, CIPP/US, CIPM. Embedded in the modern classroom, of course, is technology, which "certainly has its benefits," she points out. However, the increased use of t... Read More