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Social Justice and Privacy: An End to Solitude

Social Justice and Privacy: An End to Solitude | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Data Privacy Month 2014 Guest blogger Mike Corn:

"Within the privacy community it is commonly said that privacy is tightly coupled to societal notions of respect. We advocate for our local, national, and international institutions to protect personal information, to collect only the minimum needed, and to do so not merely to prevent financial loss or compliance with regulations, but because it demonstrates respect for individuals.

 

But what is the basis for this respect? We show respect for one another's feelings, we respect an individual's rights, and when we confront people in moments of great suffering or joy, we show respect for their privacy — we allow individuals the right to decide whether or not to share with us.

 

This is the point I want to focus on: By respecting individual privacy, we protect each person's right to choose whom they wish to speak with, to assemble with, and to worship with. Basic human rights codified in the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. By looking at privacy through this lens, we change the color of the conversation, raising the bar quite a bit higher than compliance with the red flag rule or protection from identity theft."

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Researchers create Android app that shows when other apps track you

Researchers create Android app that shows when other apps track you | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

A team of researchers has developed an Android app to help people better understand when their location is being accessed, something that happens more often than people think.

 

Android phones display a flashing GPS icon when apps are trying to access the user's location. But few people notice or understand what the icon is telling them, the researchers found.

 

The app they developed is designed to fix that, by making it clearer to users when other apps are accessing their location data. They tried several methods, including a message that flashes on the device's screen reading, "Your location is being accessed by [app name]."

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How To Solve the President’s Big Data Challenge

How To Solve the President’s Big Data Challenge | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

In his recent remarks on the NSA and surveillance, President Barack Obama grabbed the Big Data bull by the horns. We commend the president’s decision to task the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to reach out to privacy experts, technologists and business leaders to examine the challenges inherent in Big Data. Government surveillance raises distinct civil liberties concerns that commercial and scientific use of Big Data does not; still, it is appropriate to address the profound impact of new technologies on Big Data business opportunities.

 

Big Data was all the rage in privacy circles in 2013, and now it is achieving appropriate broad policy attention. It implicates modern day dilemmas, which transcend privacy and impact a variety of delicate balancing acts at the core of free market democracy. The examination requires engagement not only by privacy professionals but also by ethicists, scientists and philosophers to address what may very well be the biggest public policy challenge of our time.

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Policy Digest: Data Privacy Month, Cybersecurity Framework, Leahy's Act

Policy Digest: Data Privacy Month, Cybersecurity Framework, Leahy's Act | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Today's EDUCAUSE Policy Digest features blogs about Data Privacy Month, the NIST Draft Cybersecurity Framework, Senator Leahy's Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, Net Neutrality, and more.

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Celebrate Data Privacy Day 2014 on January 28

Celebrate Data Privacy Day 2014 on January 28 | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

January 28 promises to be the most widely recognized Data Privacy Day since its first observation in 2008.

 

This, of course, is one effect of the many stories over the past year that has put data privacy in headlines across the world. These stories have reinvigorated old debates, and prompted new questions, about the increasingly complex relationship between individuals, online data they create or is about them, and how data is protected and shared.

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Big Data and the Future of Privacy | The White House

Big Data and the Future of Privacy | The White House | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

We are undergoing a revolution in the way that information about our purchases, our conversations, our social networks, our movements, and even our physical identities are collected, stored, analyzed and used. 

The immense volume, diversity and potential value of data will have profound implications for privacy, the economy, and public policy. The working group will consider all those issues, and specifically how the present and future state of these technologies might motivate changes in our policies across a range of sectors.


When we complete our work, we expect to deliver to the President a report that anticipates future technological trends and frames the key questions that the collection, availability, and use of “big data” raise – both for our government, and the nation as a whole. It will help identify technological changes to watch, whether those technological changes are addressed by the U.S.’s current policy framework and highlight where further government action, funding, research and consideration may be required. 

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12 privacy-destroying technologies that should scare you

12 privacy-destroying technologies that should scare you | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Technology is not evil, only its use or misuse. But in the case of this dirty dozen, the potential for abuse is frightening.
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Twenty Privacy Bills to Watch in 2014

Twenty Privacy Bills to Watch in 2014 | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

From electronic surveillance to healthcare privacy to drones, Congress is planning to consider a wide range of privacy legislation this year.   The Edward Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency and the recent data breaches at retailers are likely to keep privacy and data security on the top of many lawmakers’ agendas.  Here is a summary of twenty pending privacy-related bills to keep an eye on during the remainder of the 113th Congress.

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The Supreme Court Is Scared of Technology. This Is How Privacy Pros Can Help

The Supreme Court Is Scared of Technology. This Is How Privacy Pros Can Help | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

This was a big week for emerging technology—particularly the Internet of Things (IoT)—as was showcased during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Cisco’s CEO made headlines after saying the IoT has the potential to become a $19 trillion market and much of mainstream media reported on all the emerging technology: smart cars, wearable sensors and digestible computers—stuff we’ve been reporting on pretty regularly in the past year.

 

So it seemed fitting—and concerning—that the Associated Press reported on the wariness felt by Supreme Court justices on judges weighing in on technology and privacy issues. As Justice Elena Kagan said last summer, “The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people.”  And the court may face it’s biggest challenge yet, if, as many suspect, it eventually weighs in on the NSA’s metadata collection programs. Justice Antonin Scalia told a group of technology experts last July that elected branches of government are better equipped to grapple with security requirements and privacy protections.

 

True, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote quite eloquently about rethinking the third-party doctrine in her concurring opinion in U.S. v. Jones, but her thinking, right now at least, may be the exception and not the rule.

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Time to examine rules on data collection and privacy, US commerce secretary says | PCWorld

Time to examine rules on data collection and privacy, US commerce secretary says | PCWorld | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

The International CES might never have seen so many connected devices in its history. Never mind phones and tablets, everything from cooking pots to cars and fitness bands now connect to the Internet and broadcast information.

 

That can mean new levels of convenience, but it also raises important questions about privacy and who gets to see the data, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is paying attention.

 

”I think we need to ... have a real look at the issue of privacy and where you draw the lines and what are the rules,” Pritzker said in an interview with IDG News Service at the International CES expo in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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My first wearable technology adventures

My first wearable technology adventures | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
After creating a personal privacy policy for wearable technology, I took Google Glass out in public changing my perspective on the technology and privacy.
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Picked to Lead Tests of Drones, 3 Universities Are 'in the Catbird Seat'

Picked to Lead Tests of Drones, 3 Universities Are 'in the Catbird Seat' | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Three universities designated by the Federal Aviation Administration this week as test sites for unmanned-aircraft systems are positioned for a windfall of research dollars and collaborative projects in what officials say is a burgeoning industry soon to be worth billions of dollars a year. The institutions also say the designation could help them lure businesses to their regions, creating thousands of jobs.

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Still, many questions loom. The FAA's research priorities include how to certify aircraft and control stations, how to avoid collisions, and how to protect privacy and civil liberties.

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Gartner: 4 Disruptive Trends Changing the Future of IT -- Campus Technology

Gartner: 4 Disruptive Trends Changing the Future of IT -- Campus Technology | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Gartner predicts a future full of disruptions. Will your institutional IT organization be ready to exploit the opportunities?
Higher Ed InfoSec Council's insight:

Page 3 begins to raise issues of privacy and data protection related to second disruption, Digital Business:

 

The digitization of the enterprise is also treading into issues of personal privacy. "You can go on Facebook and find out more about a person today than you could with months of study 40 years ago," Plummer said.

 

That leads to an interesting conjunction. On one hand, consumers will increasingly begin to "collect, track and barter their personal data" in exchange for cost savings, convenience and customized offerings. On the other hand, digital security of personal data is getting more difficult for organizations to guarantee.

 

In that regard, noted Plummer, Gartner predicts that by 2020 enterprises and governments will fail to protect three quarters of sensitive data and will therefore "declassify and grant broad and public access to it." While that prospect may be considered "blasphemy" in the IT world, he stated, it's backed up by current practice. IT departments are in the habit of calling much of the data under their care and management "sensitive." The reality is that "we treat all of it as sensitive because we don't have the money or time to separate it out."

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Page 3 begins to raise issues of privacy and data protection related to second disruption, Digital Business:


The digitization of the enterprise is also treading into issues of personal privacy. "You can go on Facebook and find out more about a person today than you could with months of study 40 years ago," Plummer said.


That leads to an interesting conjunction. On one hand, consumers will increasingly begin to "collect, track and barter their personal data" in exchange for cost savings, convenience and customized offerings. On the other hand, digital security of personal data is getting more difficult for organizations to guarantee.

 

In that regard, noted Plummer, Gartner predicts that by 2020 enterprises and governments will fail to protect three quarters of sensitive data and will therefore "declassify and grant broad and public access to it." While that prospect may be considered "blasphemy" in the IT world, he stated, it's backed up by current practice. IT departments are in the habit of calling much of the data under their care and management "sensitive." The reality is that "we treat all of it as sensitive because we don't have the money or time to separate it out."

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Yet Another Data Breach Bill Introduced

Yet Another Data Breach Bill Introduced | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Yet another bill to create a federal requirement for data breach notification has been introduced, this time by Democratic leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

 

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014 would, for the first time, provide a federal standard for companies to safeguard consumers' personal information throughout their systems and to quickly notify consumers if those systems are breached.

 

The legislation, introduced Jan. 30 by Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., and three co-sponsors, would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue security standards for companies that hold consumers' personal and financial information. In the event of a data breach, companies would be obligated in most instances to notify their affected customers within 30 days of a breach so they can take steps to protect themselves from the risk of identity theftand fraud.

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Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust: How Do We Accomplish This on Personally Owned Computers? | EDUCAUSE Guest Blog

Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust: How Do We Accomplish This on Personally Owned Computers? | EDUCAUSE Guest Blog | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

A key challenge for any organization is balancing the protection of institutional data, respecting privacy and enabling trust, when employees access institutional systems with personally owned devices. Any BYOD strategy should address this balance. Personally owned devices usually are not under the control of the institution, and verifying that the devices are securely configured can feel intrusive. Allowing personal devices that are not checked for secure configuration and vulnerabilities to log into protected systems creates potentially serious and unknown risks. Institutional attempts to influence or cause configuration changes on personally owned assets and scanning them for vulnerabilities raises questions about trust and liability.

 

Institutions that provide employees properly configured mobile devices help reduce the need of employees to access institutional systems with personally owned devices, but this approach does not work in all situations. While the potential cost of a security breach can easily exceed the cost of providing mobile devices to employees, the cost of providing the mobile devices also can exceed available funding. Institutionally issued mobile devices may not address all legitimate needs.

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Data Privacy, Information Security and Cyber Insurance 2014 Trends Report - The State of Security

Data Privacy, Information Security and Cyber Insurance 2014 Trends Report - The State of Security | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Today, more than ever, businesses and organizations need to stay one step ahead of online attackers and other malicious actors.

 

There’s ample evidence all around us that proves adversaries are coming up with new and much more sophisticated methods for distributing malware, while remaining undetected for long periods and stealing sensitive customer data, intellectual property or disrupting critical systems. 

 

This 3rd annual Cyber Data Risk Managers 2014 report (PDF), released on Data Privacy Day, includes many invaluable insights and recommendations offered by Data Privacy and Information Security industry experts that will prove useful for businesses and organizations, regardless of industry or sector.

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Promote Privacy on Your Campus | EDUCAUSE Guest Blog

Promote Privacy on Your Campus | EDUCAUSE Guest Blog | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

For Data Privacy Month this year, our theme is “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust.” If I were re-writing the theme, I would add “Privacy Matters.” It matters a lot.

 

Data Privacy Month (January 28–February 28) presents an opportunity for universities to collaborate with one another, and to raise awareness on our campuses about the importance of protecting privacy rights.

 

On our campuses, privacy is not simply a legal obligation. Our privacy policies and practices pave the way for us to build trust and demonstrate respect for our faculty, staff, and students. 

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Wearable Tech Offers Promise (and Potential Peril) for the Enterprise

Wearable Tech Offers Promise (and Potential Peril) for the Enterprise | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Wearable technology is not just for consumers. CIOs who want to stay ahead of the curve need to start preparing for this new wave of gadgets today.

 

"What is the real promise of wearable technology for enterprise? What industries stand to benefit the most? What about security? How, and when, should CIOs and IT departments start preparing and strategizing for wearables? CIO.com spoke with a handful of analysts, experts and executives working with wearables to help answer these questions and more."

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5 reasons we're losing the fight for online privacy

5 reasons we're losing the fight for online privacy | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"The evidence is all around us that the battle will eventually be lost."

 

In December 2013, Edward Snowden appeared on British television to exhort the world to think about the "privacy of the average person" and fight against the surveillance state. He was too late. Here are five reasons why the battle for online privacy will eventually be lost.

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Eben Moglen: Snowden and the Future

A series of talks by Eben Moglen on the Impact of Edward Snowden's revelations at Columbia Law School in association with Software Freedom Law Center. Video, audio, and print versions are available for Parts I-IV.

 

As part of this lecture series, Moglen makes the case (in Part 3) against privacy as a transactional issue.

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Engineers and Lawyers in Privacy Protection: Can We All Just Get Along?

Engineers and Lawyers in Privacy Protection: Can We All Just Get Along? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

In March 2013 [Annie Anton and Peter Swire] participated in a panel titled “Re-Engineering Privacy Law” at the IAPP Privacy Summit. The topic of the panel closely matches the topic of this book, how to bring together and leverage the skill sets of engineers, lawyers, and others to create effective privacy policy with correspondingly compliant implementations. As a software engineering professor (Antón) and a law professor (Swire), [they] consider four points: (1) how lawyers make simple things complicated; (2) how engineers make simple things complicated; (3) why it may be reasonable to use the term “reasonable” in privacy rules but not in software specifications; and (4) how to achieve consensus when both lawyers and engineers are in the room.

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Senator sneaks strict new sentences for hackers into Personal Data Privacy Act

Senator sneaks strict new sentences for hackers into Personal Data Privacy Act | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
The recent security breach suffered by retail giant Target has led a United States senator to again propose legislation meant to protect personal data.
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Jay Cline: Is privacy dead?

Jay Cline: Is privacy dead? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Revelations in 2013 about NSA surveillance and the power of big-data analytics suggest the age of privacy is over. But a new 'privacy death index' places us far from the tipping point.
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Student privacy concerns grow over ‘data in a cloud’

Student privacy concerns grow over ‘data in a cloud’ | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Why is so much student data being collected and stored?

 

Privacy concerns have been growing over a$100 million student database – largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and operated by a  nonprofit organization, inBloom Inc. —  that contains detailed information about millions of students. Most of the states that had signed up to participate in a pilot program have pulled back, and in New York, parents and educators have pushed back with protests and a lawsuit. The nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the U.S. Education Department over the database.


Here’s a new post about the database from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who has been chronicling on this blog the many problems with test-driven reform in New York.

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Three Big Privacy Changes to Plan for in 2014

Three Big Privacy Changes to Plan for in 2014 | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

One sure-fire prediction for 2014: privacy will remain a hot topic for consumers, legislators, and business.

 

Yet 2014 will bring more than just talk. New laws and industry self-regulation for privacy protections are taking shape in ways that will affect marketers in the coming year. Here are three of the most important things to watch:

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