COVID-19 privacy updates from France, Netherlands, Poland and more

(Apr 2, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy: The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, released a statement regarding its position on using location data to track COVID-19, saying emergency legislation must be adopted to do so lawfully. (Original post is in Dutch.) The French data protection authority, the CNIL, issued guidance on telework security measures. (Original post is in French.) Poland's data prote... Read More

FSU students say online exam software violates privacy rights

(Mar 26, 2020) Students at Florida State University say software designed to detect academic misconduct violates privacy rights, EdScoop reports. While the university is remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty can use Honorlock, which records web activity, detects the use of mobile devices to identify potential cheating, and accesses computer webcams and microphones, to monitor student activity during exams. More than 5,000 students have signed an online petition stating the technology is a “blat... Read More

Op-ed: Student privacy at risk with e-learning shift

(Mar 23, 2020) In an op-ed for The Washington Post, San Jose State University Professors Roxana Marachi and Lawrence Quill write about the student privacy dilemmas stemming from the sudden shift to online learning amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Noting how data is "the new oil" and the tech shifts represent "a watershed moment," Marachi and Quill opine there is every reason to suspect the world of education will not return to "business as usual" following the pandemic.Full Story... Read More

US Dept. of Education on FERPA procedures amidst crisis

(Mar 13, 2020) The U.S. Department of Education has published a frequently-asked-questions document addressing personal information disclosures for COVID-19 inquiries under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The department states parental consent for disclosures is still required in most cases, but notes there are exceptions to the requirement in the event of a health or safety emergency. Educational agencies and institutions determine consent exceptions based on whether the "information is necessa... Read More

ICO issues reprimands to schools over improper use of children's images

(Mar 12, 2020) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office issued a pair of reprimands to schools for improperly disclosing children’s personal data. The first legal warning was sent to a Cheshire primary school. A class photograph was sent by the school to a local newspaper that contained the images of two students whose adoptive parents did not consent any form of sharing. The second was sent to a Humberside primary school for sending a class photo home to parents that included the image of a child whose adop... Read More

Student Privacy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Feb 5, 2020) This report, published by The School Superintendents Association and the Future of Privacy Forum, provides guidance on how the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act govern the disclosure of students’ health information held by schools. Read More

Carnegie Mellon students seek privacy engineering internships

(Feb 4, 2020) The privacy engineering master's program at Carnegie Mellon University is in search of privacy engineering internships for its students. Opportunities that run May through August are preferred. All eligible students carry technical backgrounds with relevant coursework related to privacy algorithms, security, privacy policy, usability and privacy engineering. Organizations with potential opportunities can contact Privacy Program Co-Director Lorrie Faith Cranor, CIPT, via to provide... Read More

Privacy Literacy: From Theory to Practice

(Feb 1, 2020) This paper from Penn State centers on privacy literacy as an independent area of instruction for library sessions. It reviews a theoretical framework to support privacy literacy instruction and showcases resources and tools for creating privacy literacy education. Finally, privacy issues in health care are used to demonstrate the potential impact of privacy literacy instruction. Click to View (PDF)... Read More

Enhancing Privacy Education with a Technical Emphasis in IT Curriculum

(Feb 1, 2020) This paper from Kennesaw State University describes the development of four learning modules that focus on technical details of how a person’s privacy might be compromised in real-world scenarios. The paper shows how students benefited from the addition of hands-on learning experiences of privacy and data protection to the existing information technology courses.  Click to View (PDF)... Read More

Lawsuit filed against Clearview for alleged privacy violations

(Jan 27, 2020) A lawsuit has been filed against Clearview AI in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois East Division, CNET reports. The lawsuit alleges Clearview's actions threaten civil liberties and that the company "used artificial intelligence algorithms to scan the facial geometry of each individual depicted in the images, a technique that violates multiple privacy laws." Meanwhile, Recode reports at least nine U.S. public school districts have acquired analytic surveillance cameras... Read More