A closer look at Carnegie Mellon's privacy engineering program

(Sep 20, 2019) Though the privacy engineering field is relatively new, there’s been at least one school that’s been at the forefront of this nascent profession. Carnegie Mellon University launched its MSIT- Privacy Engineering Program in 2013. It remains the only privacy engineering-focused master’s program in the country. As industry demand for privacy professionals with technical skills accelerates, it is worth taking a deeper look at the program and how it prepares new professionals for this burgeoning fiel... Read More

Spain's DPA releases guidance on data processing for wellness, education apps

(Sep 19, 2019) The Spanish Agency for Data Protection published guidance for education and wellness applications that process personal data. The guidance is not only intended for the organizations that are responsible for processing the data, but also for the developers of the apps. The DPA’s document identifies practices that may negatively impact user privacy and solutions and alternatives to avoid such behavior. The AEPD and Polytechnic University of Madrid analyzed the 10 most-popular wellness and educatio... Read More

How my summer internship led to the IAPP's law school tiering project

(Sep 17, 2019) My strong interest in privacy law drew me from the ideal weather of my Southern California hometown, a shady hammock in the jungles of Panama, and job security in Miami to move to the dynamic and often-cold climate of New England. That, and a desire to avoid traffic. Happily, I can say that through the University of Maine School of Law’s certificate program in information privacy law, its Information Privacy Summer Institute and its relationship with the IAPP, I have been able to fulfill many o... Read More

Privacy in US Law Schools: An IAPP Westin Center Report

(Sep 17, 2019) With demand for privacy professionals surging, students are seeking an on-ramp into the profession, and law schools are responding. In a first-of-its-kind research project, the IAPP set out to produce a privacy tiering of American Bar Association–accredited U.S. law schools. We tiered the schools according to curriculum offerings in privacy law and defined "privacy law" narrowly, excluding more general courses in cybersecurity or law and technology. Our methods include reviewing materials public... Read More

Privacy in US Law Schools: An IAPP Westin Center Report

(Sep 17, 2019) In this research project, the first of its kind, the IAPP set out to better understand how privacy is taught at American Bar Association–accredited U.S. law schools. We have tiered schools according to their curriculum offerings in privacy law. For purposes of this project, we defined “privacy law” narrowly, excluding more general courses in cybersecurity or law and technology, and focusing strictly on courses in privacy, information privacy or a close equivalent. Read More

FPF taking nominations for Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award

(Sep 13, 2019) The Future of Privacy Forum has put out a call to those seeking consideration for its 10th annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. Privacy scholars and authors are invited to enter submissions for the award, which recognizes the year’s leading privacy research and analysis that has practical implications for policymakers in U.S. Congress, federal agencies and data protection authorities internationally. Papers are judged on both scholarly merit and for potential solutions and insight for p... Read More

Gujarat installs facial-recognition tech in 40K schools

(Sep 12, 2019) The Hindu reports Gujarat, India, has added facial-recognition technology in 40,000 schools for attendance monitoring. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the technology will be used to help limit teacher absenteeism and is likely to be installed with other government agencies soon to do the same for government employees. Teachers are concerned about the tech's privacy, but Education Secretary Vinod Rao denied that any data collection would be shared with other government agencies or third parties.... Read More

Potential app breach affects information of 50K Australian college students

(Sep 12, 2019) Third-party payment app Get, formerly Qnect, has possibly been exposed to a data breach affecting more than 50,000 college students at schools around Australia, the Guardian reports. Names, email addresses, birthdates, Facebook IDs and phone numbers were all potentially exposed by the app, which serves 159,000 users and 453 college clubs or societies across four countries. A Reddit user discovered the personal information was accessible through basic application programming interface searches. "... Read More

China to address facial recognition, apps in schools

(Sep 12, 2019) BBC News reports Chinese Ministry of Education Director of Science and Technology Lei Chaozi has vowed to limit and regulate the use of facial-recognition software and other apps in schools. Chaozi voiced the ministry's stance after privacy concerns were raised regarding a Chinese university beginning a pilot program for tech that could monitor student attendance and behaviors. "We need to be very careful when it comes to students' personal information," Chaozi said. "Don't collect it if it's no... Read More

Efforts underway to change NY student privacy law

(Sep 12, 2019) The Washington Post reports the New York Board of Regents has begun exploring ways to change the state's student privacy legislation. The board seeks to allow school contractors that administer tests, including the College Board or American College Testing, to collect and use student data for marketing purposes. New York's law was originally passed in 2014, but its first draft regulations came about in 2018. Both the College Board and ACT explained that they use student data appropriately and do... Read More