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Facebook password laws go into effect in 5 states

Facebook password laws go into effect in 5 states | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Has your boss ever asked for your Facebook password? On a job interview, did the hiring manager request access to your Twitter account?

 

Well, good news: Starting tomorrow, employers are forbidden from demanding private information about social media activity from employees and job applicants in five states, where laws were passed last year prohibiting the practice.

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Congress Defeats E-Mail Privacy Legislation — Again

Congress Defeats E-Mail Privacy Legislation — Again | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
The Senate late Thursday forwarded legislation to President Barack Obama granting the public the right to automatically display on their Facebook feeds what they're watching on Netflix.
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Instagram Proves We Care More About Pictures Than Personal Data

Instagram Proves We Care More About Pictures Than Personal Data | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
We seem to accept that Facebook and Pinterest hand off our personal data to advertisers, but a virtual angry mob gathers at the mere idea that Instagram might use people's pictures in advertising.
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FTC Opens an Inquiry Into Data Brokers

FTC Opens an Inquiry Into Data Brokers | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
The Federal Trade Commission is looking at nine companies that collect, sell or analyze information about consumers.
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Ohio State’s Monitoring of Athletes’ Spending Raises Privacy Concerns

Ohio State’s Monitoring of Athletes’ Spending Raises Privacy Concerns | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Ohio State’s new compliance measures include educating student-athletes on how to budget their money as well as monitoring athletes’ spending habits, which has raised concerns about violations of privacy.

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Instagram and Facebook’s ad policy change could compromise privacy for teens

Instagram and Facebook’s ad policy change could compromise privacy for teens | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Instagram’s policy changes may let advertisers use teenagers’ photos for marketing, raising privacy and security concerns.
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SafeGov.org - FERPA and the Cloud: What FERPA Can Learn from HIPAA

SafeGov.org - FERPA and the Cloud: What FERPA Can Learn from HIPAA | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
by Daniel Solove
"In an earlier essay, I argued that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is in dire need of reform, as demonstrated by its failure to address so many key issues regarding the use of cloud computing services by schools and educational entities.

In this essay, I will compare FERPA to HIPAA to demonstrate more reasons why FERPA fails to provide adequate guidance and limitation about cloud computing and why FERPA fails more generally as an effective privacy and security law."
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'How-To' for De-Identification of Health Data is Good First Step; More Work Needed | Center for Democracy & Technology

'How-To' for De-Identification of Health Data is Good First Step; More Work Needed | Center for Democracy & Technology | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"A decision out of the Department of Health and Human Services, Monday, took a good first step toward achieving a better quality, less expensive health care system that carries the added benefit of better protections for individual patient health records.  That move was the issuance of long overdue guidance for methods of de-identifying data gleaned from public health records, as required by federal law.

 

Access to the vast amounts of health data increasingly available as the nation continues to roll out its all digital health information network will provide the opportunity for the kind of rigorous data analysis that is critical if the U.S. is to realize the promise of a lower cost, better quality health care system. It is just as critical that the privacy of the individuals from which that data is drawn is protected in a way that invokes trust in the system."
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How Did I Get Hacked and Why Didn't Facebook Help?

How Did I Get Hacked and Why Didn't Facebook Help? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"It was Monday night. My wife, Paula and I decided to watch “The Big Country,” a corny classic that we both love. It was a night for the two of us, so I intentionally left the iPhone and iPad in the office upstairs. As I’ve said before, always on is sometimes too much.

 

I didn’t know that on Monday night, I was still on even as I sat in another room watching cowboys fight a range war. I ignored the phone when it rang, and I was unaware that I getting about a dozen alarmed messages from friends.

 

After Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons rode off into the sunset, I checked my voice mail. It was Robert Scoble. His terse message altered my reality of the moment. “You’ve been hacked! You should stop visiting dangerous sites.” Then a pause. “You should know better."

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What You Actually Need To Know About the Changes Facebook Is Making To Its Privacy Policy

What You Actually Need To Know About the Changes Facebook Is Making To Its Privacy Policy | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"Many Facebook users are frantically posting a “copyright protection notice” on their Walls to try to keep Facebook from violating their privacy by copying, disseminating, sharing, leaking, licking, scratching, biting, or clawing the contents of their Facebook accounts. It’s complete legal mumbo jumbo that’s not enforceable or binding on Facebook..."

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Schneier on Security: E-Mail Security in the Wake of Petraeus

Schneier on Security: E-Mail Security in the Wake of Petraeus | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Bruce Schneier has "been reading lots of articles discussing how little e-mail and Internet privacy we actually have in the U.S."

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Petraeus Case Raises Concerns About Americans’ Privacy

Petraeus Case Raises Concerns About Americans’ Privacy | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"The F.B.I. investigation that toppled the director of the C.I.A. and has now entangled the top American commander in Afghanistan underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about: that in policing the Web for crime, espionage and sabotage, government investigators will unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans."

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Scott Adams Blog: The Privacy Illusion 11/06/2012

Scott Adams Blog: The Privacy Illusion 11/06/2012 | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"It has come to my attention that many of my readers in the United States believe they have the right to privacy because of something in the Constitution. That is an unsupportable view. A more accurate view is that the government divides the details of your life into two categories:

     1. Stuff they don't care about.
     2. Stuff they can find out if they have a reason.

 

Keep in mind that the government already knows the following things about you..."

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Amazon's and Facebook's Ad Privacy Practices Irk Ad Agencies

Two of the biggest publishers on the web don't use the advertising industry's standardized ad-privacy program, and it's a problem for even the largest digital-media buyers.

 

Facebook and Amazon both offer targeted display advertising that can sometimes incorporate behavioral data from third parties. However, while nearly every other relevant media firm, ad network and ad-data firm either uses the industry's self-regulatory Ad Choices program or operates one that can be easily integrated with it, Facebook and Amazon do not.

 

Regardless, Publicis-owned Vivaki is still required to keep records of the ad campaigns that run on the two sites. It costs extra time and money, and perhaps most important, creates additional privacy concerns.

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January 2013 is Data Privacy Month! Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness

January 2013 is Data Privacy Month! Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Data Privacy Month is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority. Spend the month helping to ensure your campus community is respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. This year’s Data Privacy Month Planning Task Force has selected weekly themes for the higher education community to focus on. Several free webinars will also be offered throughout the month of January.

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Higher Ed InfoSec Council's comment, December 21, 2012 2:17 PM
If you plan on holding a Data Privacy Month or Data Privacy Day event on your campus in January, please let us know! policy@educause.edu
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FCC Issues Security Guidance to Smartphone Users

FCC Issues Security Guidance to Smartphone Users | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is advising smartphone users on how to protect their mobile devices and data from mobile security threats.

 

The Commission released an online tool called the "Smartphone Security Checker" [recently] that outlines a 10-step action plan that mobile users can follow to prevent their personal data from being exposed in case their devices get infected with malware or are lost, stolen or resold."

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Higher Ed InfoSec Council's curator insight, December 21, 2012 11:53 AM

Check out the Smartphone Security Checker at: http://www.fcc.gov/smartphone-security

Select from one of four operating systems to generate a checklist.

Higher Ed InfoSec Council's comment, December 21, 2012 11:54 AM
Also available: a general smartphone security checklist: http://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/smartphone_master_document.pdf
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Online privacy’s new iconography

Online privacy’s new iconography | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"What are sites really doing with your personal data? A new visual rating system is here to help

 

The online syndicate Disconnect has joined forces with Internet nonprofit Mozilla and a team of designers to demystify web privacy for the masses. Their weapon of choice? A visual rating system that pops up in your browser bar. Since reading the fine print on how your personal information gets used is time-consuming and confusing, which is why you don’t do it. As a result, average web surfers (Hi!) has absolutely no idea what information sites are mining for, or how they use it. That’s where the icons come in."

Higher Ed InfoSec Council's insight:

It will be interesting to see which privacy icon effort takes off.

 

ACT has recently introduced App Privacy Icons: http://actonline.org/act-blog/archives/2674.

 

And an article earlier this year highlighted a project by Yale students where they created privacy icons similar to the Creative Commons icons: http://boingboing.net/2012/05/08/privacy-icons-similar-to-creat.html

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Higher Ed InfoSec Council's comment, December 21, 2012 2:29 PM
Here is a related article on the icons developed by Mozilla and Disconnect: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671442/a-system-of-icons-for-demystifying-online-privacy#1
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IBM Researcher Devises 'Identity Mixer' For Online Privacy

IBM Researcher Devises 'Identity Mixer' For Online Privacy | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
A scientist at IBM (NYSE:IBM) in Zurich has devised Identity Mixer, which he believes can solve online privacy issues.
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Uncle Sam is drunk on data, pooh-poohing privacy

Uncle Sam is drunk on data, pooh-poohing privacy | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Newly leaked documents reveal how much data the government is gathering on innocent Americans. The answer: A lot

Are you being watched? Listened to? Spied upon? You don't have to catch too many episodes of "Homeland" to believe that. You just have to follow the news and connect the dots.

Anyone who's been paying attention to the growing surveillance industrial complex knows about the uber-secret $2 billion data storage and analysis facility being built in the Utah desert. (In fact, one of my readers says she was asked to sign on to that project, which began shortly after 9/11.) That facility is scheduled to go online in September 2013.
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IAPP : How Important Is Privacy Today?

IAPP : How Important Is Privacy Today? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
By Alan F. Westin
"When I wrote Privacy and Freedom in the mid-1960s, privacy was essentially a third-tier social, political and legal issue. Its components were protections against unreasonable search and seizure; rights to remain silent in various forums (the privilege against self-incrimination); rights of confidentiality in various types of record systems (census, social security, medical and personnel records, etc.); conventions about respecting privacy in interpersonal and family relations, and various modesty and reserve rules in dress, speech, sex, etc. At the same time, the U.S. was preeminent among democracies in making government information about individuals a matter of public records access and in defining the media’s right to investigate and publish personal behaviors in very broad legal terms.

Clearly, privacy was not—in the mid-1960s—on a par with such other societal issues in the U.S. as racial equality; free speech, press and other “freedom” rights; voting and other democratic processes; rights of protest, or questions of free enterprise and government regulation."
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Can Satan Save Students from Government Electronic Monitoring?

Can Satan Save Students from Government Electronic Monitoring? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Conservative Republicans in Texas and the ACLU are fighting against a proposed government regulation that would make high-school students carry RFID cards for location tracking.
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Keeping E-mail Private

Keeping E-mail Private | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"If you left a letter on your desk for 180 days, you wouldn’t imagine that the police could then swoop in and read it without your permission, or a judge’s. But that’s just what law enforcement officers can do with your e-mail. Using only a subpoena, government agents can demand that service providers turn over electronic communications they have stored, as long as those communications are more than six months old. Protections are even weaker for opened e-mail or documents stored in the “cloud.” The advertisements that the Postal Service piles into your mailbox every day are legally sacrosanct; the medical notifications your health-insurance company sends to your Gmail account are not.

 

This bizarre reality is thanks to the 1986 Electronic Privacy Communications Act, a law written before anyone dreamed that Americans would send, receive and store so much private information over third-party services such as Gmail or would draft documents using cloud computing that they intend to keep confidential. Now Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the 1986 law’s original author, wants to amend it into the 21st century."

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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you.

 

Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number. Photos of your kids or, worse, of yourself, naked. The precise location where you’re sitting right now as you read these words. Since the dawn of the information age, we’ve bought into the idea that a password, so long as it’s elaborate enough, is an adequate means of protecting all this precious data. But in 2012 that’s a fallacy, a fantasy, an outdated sales pitch. And anyone who still mouths it is a sucker—or someone who takes you for one.

 

No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you."

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Advocates Hopeful Petraeus Scandal Will Spur Action on ECPA

Advocates Hopeful Petraeus Scandal Will Spur Action on ECPA | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"Privacy advocates said on Wednesday they are hopeful that the attention over e-mails that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign over an extramarital affair will finally push lawmakers to update a two-decade-old law dealing with government access to electronic communications.


During a Capitol Hill briefing on privacy issues, privacy advocates argued that revelations that the FBI uncovered Petraeus’s affair by obtaining access to his personal e-mail shows the need for lawmakers to provide Americans with more protections over their personal electronic communications. A coalition of privacy groups and industry has been pushing lawmakers in recent years to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Under current law, law enforcement only needs a subpoena to obtain e-mail that is six months or older."

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IT professionals say social networking is number one risk to information security - Computer Business Review

IT professionals say social networking is number one risk to information security - Computer Business Review | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Research reveals that social networking and mobile are the biggest security concerns for UK enterprises...

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