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A School Librarian Caught In The Middle of Student Privacy Extremes

A School Librarian Caught In The Middle of Student Privacy Extremes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School librarians are uniquely positioned to navigate this middle ground and advocate for privacy, both within the school library itself and in larger school- or district-wide conversations about technology. Often, school librarians are the only staff members trained as educators, privacy specialists, and technologists, bringing not only the skills but a professional mandate to lead their communities in digital privacy and intellectual freedom. On top of that, librarians have trusted relationships across the student privacy stakeholder chain, from working directly with students to training teachers to negotiating with technology vendors.
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Data Breaches, Betrayals, and Broken Promises | Library Babel Fish

Data Breaches, Betrayals, and Broken Promises | Library Babel Fish | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

One of the proposed solutions for the fecklessness of having massive amounts of personal data collected in places that cannot be kept secure without a great deal of trouble is to make companies that collect this data “information fiduciaries.” Bruce Schneier mentioned this concept briefly in his book, Data and Goliath. Jack Balkin (who Schneier cites) and Jonathan Zittrain have just written about this idea in The Atlantic.We have more to lose than our personal information.

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The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

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Tim Berners-Lee and other computer scientists are pondering newer technologies to create a web with more privacy and less government control.
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The Fischbowl: Monitoring Student Use of Social Media

This past weekend a story regarding Pearson monitoring social media for "security breaches" related to PARCC was a popular topic of conversation in my network (original story, although the server often has trouble handling the traffic). I'm not going to focus so much on that story here, as many others have written about it, other than to point out one thing. While students don't seem to have the opportunity to agree or disagree to the terms of service of PARCC, our states, school districts and schools do. We all agreed to this, this is part and parcel of administering PARCC to our students. (Not sure if it was just Colorado, but as a proctor I had to sign a form agreeing to the terms of service.) So I think it is worth some conversation at the state, district and school level about whether we are okay with this or not. Schools can't really blame Pearson for doing what they said they would do (although others can).

In response many folks have wondered why we aren't outraged by the many school districts that are also monitoring students' social media use
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Google offers 'right to forget' form

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Google has launched a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from online search results.

The move comes after a landmark European Union court ruling earlier this month, which gave people the "right to be forgotten".

Links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request, it said.

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Harvard Reports Examine K-12 Student Privacy -- THE Journal

A Harvard University research center that studies the impact of cyberspace on life has turned its attention to student privacy, in both K-12 and higher ed. As a product of a student privacy initiative, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released three reports that touch on aspects of cloud computing and mobile device usage in the K-12 environment.
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6 Tips for Parents About Facebook Graph Search

6 Tips for Parents About Facebook Graph Search | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Facebook's new search tool means teens should check their privacy settings ... again.
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Protecting Your Privacy on the New Facebook

Protecting Your Privacy on the New Facebook | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How to guard your information on Facebook in light of the new search tool that lets strangers discover who you are, what you like and where you go.
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10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy - Forbes

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy - Forbes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

How to protect yourself, your devices, and your purchasing information.


Via Judy O'Connell
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Petra Pollum's comment, August 28, 2012 7:04 AM
Thanks for sharing. Useful information as usual.
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Libraries Promise to Destroy User Data to Avoid Threat of Government Surveillance


The New York Public Library (NYPL) changed its privacy policy on Wednesday to emphasize its data-collection policies. Last week, the NYPL website stated that “any library record or other information collected by the Library as described herein is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, court order, or as otherwise authorized by applicable law”.
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Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students

Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Now that schools are back in full swing, we thought it would be a good time to check in on what’s happened in the student privacy world since we submitted our FTC complaint about Google’s practices a little under a year ago. The main complaint in our FTC filing was that, based on all the publicl
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Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School administrators increasingly have the power to track students' Web browsing on school-issued laptops, even when the students are at home. The implications are complicated.
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After Initially Holding Out, Google Signs Student-Data-Privacy Pledge

After Initially Holding Out, Google Signs Student-Data-Privacy Pledge | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Google, a company that has been criticized for its privacy policies, has signed a pledge to protect students' online information endorsed by President Obama.
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Privacy: Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Emails

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"In a sworn statement filed with a federal court, Google has admitted to scanning student emails to serve students targeted advertisements. Although Google does not display ads in Apps for Education, Google “does scan [student] email” to “compile keywords for advertising” on Google sites."

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Beware: Your browsing habits expose privacy preferences | PCWorld

Beware: Your browsing habits expose privacy preferences | PCWorld | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Are you an open sharer, a passive user, or a proactive protector? How and where you surf says a lot about how much you value privacy
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The author of this column, Dan Tynan, makes some interesting points about what else the survey reveals about internet users' understanding of privacy and the value of their personal data to the for-profit segment of the web. How aware are our students of the value of their personal data?

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Should Teenagers Expect Privacy on the Internet?

When it comes to social media, teenagers look at privacy in very different ways than the adults around them.
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Peter DeWitt responds to Danah Boyd's keynote address at Tech Forum 2013 in Boston.  We all know that different generations have different expectations for online activity--but you may be surprised by what Boyd reports about teens' attitudes and understandings.  

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Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More | HASTAC

Advice from Duke University's Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication to help you design student- and privacy (FERPA)-friendly guidelines for online and social writing activities.

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