Security & Privacy


Common Sense Education Launches #DeviceFreeDinner Campaign

Common Sense Education, a project of the nonprofit organization Common Sense, is sponsoring a Device Free Dinner campaign, with the hashtag #DeviceFreeDinner. Common Sense Education is encouraging the distribution of an online toolkit for educators, which offers tips on achieving media balance at home.

Report: Nearly 3 in 4 Employees Disclose Confidential Data

Dell surveyed thousands of individuals who handle confidential data and overall found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated data. Education was ranked the second most likely sector to have employees disclose company information.

Schoolzilla Security Issue Exposes Data for 1.3 Million Students and Staff

The issue was detected by Chris Vickery, a well known white-hat computer security researcher with MacKeeper who discovered a file configuration error that left the student and staff data vulnerable to cyber threats.

Olathe Public Schools Embraces IoT on New Network

The second largest and fastest-growing school district in Kansas, Olathe Public Schools (OPS), has recently deployed an enterprise-grade WiFi solution to support a 1-to-1 initiative for its more than 29,000 students and 4,000 staff across more than 50 schools.

New DDoS Attacks Use Far Fewer Infected Hosts, Target Education

Akamai Technologies has identified a new attack method generating extremely large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against educational institutions and other types of organizations but without the millions of infected hosts typically seen in these scenarios.

Report: Tech Companies Are Spying on Children Through Devices and Software Used in Classroom

Technology companies are spying on school kids through devices and software used in classrooms. Those companies often collect and store children’s names, birth dates, browsing histories, location data and much more — often without adequate privacy protections or the awareness and consent of parents, according to a new report from the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.

CA Assemblyman Pulls Controversial Bill from Privacy Committee Hearing

California Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has withdrawn AB-165 — a controversial bill that would have provided a student exclusion to the existing California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — from a Privacy Committee scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.

Common Sense Kids Action Joins 55 Organizations to Oppose CA AB-165

Common Sense Kids Action, an advocacy platform of the nonprofit Common Sense Media, has joined a coalition of more than 55 civil rights, immigration, education, youth, health, labor and LGBTQ organizations to oppose the passage of California Assembly Bill 165.

CoSN Survey: Mobile Learning Top Priority for K–12 IT Leaders

Mobile learning is the top priority for K–12 IT leaders, according to the fifth annual K–12 IT Leadership Survey published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). It’s the first time mobile learning ranked as the highest priority in the survey.

Lightspeed Systems Upgrades Web Filter for Schools with New Features

Texas-based ed tech company Lightspeed Systems has released Web Filter 3: Longhorn, a new version of its content filter for schools. The upgrade offers new features to facilitate user identification, activity reporting and safe web browsing, as well as hundreds of other enhancements.

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