Security & Privacy

Report: Student Surveillance Needs More Oversight

A recent report by the National Association of State Boards of Education finds that states and policymakers need to address privacy protections for school surveillance and its potentially negative, inequitable effects.

Yik Yak Is Not So Anonymous After All

It wasn't enough that yakkers had to add personal handles and profiles starting last August. That made their posts less about saying whatever was on their mind in complete anonymity and more about finding and connecting with others in their current geographic locations. Now users of mobile app Yik Yak face the ignominy of being truly discoverable.

Nonprofit Surveys Student Privacy Laws for All 50 States

The Center for Democracy & Technology, with help from law firm BakerHostetler, released a state-by-state survey of student privacy laws in the United States. Launches Anti Bullying Campaign, an online medical reference, is spotlighting the health impact of bullying on children during the first two weeks of October, which is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

States Strengthen Safeguards to Protect Student Data

A new, summative analysis from the Data Quality Campaign found that student data privacy legislation in 2016 so far has focused on third-party service providers and improving safeguards for how states and districts manage student data.

Education Sector Now Most Targeted with Ransomware

Education has surpassed healthcare as the sector most targeted by ransomware, a variety of malware that makes data inaccessible to users until a ransom is paid.

Companies Settle with New York to Stop Tracking Children Online

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached settlements with four major companies, blocking them from using tracking technology on their popular children’s websites.

Report: Social Media a Top Cybersecurity Challenge in the Workplace

Safe social media use is the No. 1 cybersecurity challenge for employees, according to the latest report from Wombat Security Technologies on security awareness issues in enterprise organizations.

Schools Receive National Privacy Designation

The Consortium for School Networking issued a new seal to seven schools for their commitment to the privacy and security of student data.

The Changing Role of the CTO

As technology has changed K–12 education, so has it changed the role of the chief technology officer, a job title that just barely existed 15 years ago. Today's CTO is not your grandfather's infrastructure manager!

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