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Predictions for 2016 and Education Data Privacy

December 10, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

Predictions for 2016 and Education Data Privacy

It has been a busy year for student data privacy with many laws passed and federal bills introduced. So no one better than super privacy geek friend, Amelia Vance to sum it up for us and give us her predictions for next year. No predictions of when the apocalypse will hit, but certainly excellent information […]

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What is the Privacy K-12 Curriculum Matrix ?

December 4, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

What is the Privacy K-12 Curriculum Matrix ?

My kids have never used a rotary phone, we typically joke that my youngest swipes at any screen he can get near, we “complain” that our tweens and teens do not look up from their screens whether it is a phone, a tablet or a computer. So it is understandable that with all these technologies […]

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The Power of Data and Transparency

November 24, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

The Power of Data and Transparency

“It’s a massive database and why do they need so much information?” That was what someone said to me the other day when talking about student data. When we think of databases, we most likely think of enormous files that contain every piece of information whether it’s needed or not. Some databases could potentially include […]

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Google, surveillance and student privacy

November 12, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

Google, surveillance and student privacy

Having technology in our new schools has been an adventure. It’s exciting to watch the kids have access to technology and integrate it into their education. Even more interesting is how the technology has not taken over instruction but is a compliment to the teacher’s toolkit. And so it goes in middle school with the […]

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Reader friendly privacy policies are possible

October 30, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

Reader friendly privacy policies are possible

This school year has certainly been an adventure for my family on some many levels, and I am tickled every time my kids come home with a new school letter informing me of the new app/software/technology they are using. Of course, everything that comes home is received with a healthy dose of skepticism from me. […]

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Whose Data is it Anyway???

October 23, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

Whose Data is it Anyway???

A year ago I had the honor to participate in a panel at SXSWedu called “Whose Data is it Anyway”, it was an engaging conversation in which we addressed, head on the issue of student ownership of data. The tension in the debate between acknowledging student ownership and privacy was interesting in that there are […]

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Student “surveillance” and their right to privacy

October 15, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

Student “surveillance” and their right to privacy

When I was in school (yes, dinosaurs still roamed the earth), we used to cover our notebooks or tests with our hands because we didn’t want others to see our work. We wanted to keep our school work private. When we ask our kids what they did in school we get the timeless classic “nothing” […]

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The Parent survey: what does it really mean?

October 1, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

The Parent survey: what does it really mean?

The Future of Privacy Forum released a parent survey appropriately called “Beyond the Fear Factor” that asked parents how they really feel about data. I didn’t participate in the survey so I don’t get to skew the results but I can certainly report on it. What the survey tells us is that most parents understand […]

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A privacy maze

September 18, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

A privacy maze

We moved. We left our beloved Brooklyn for a new State to call home. Moving means not just a new house but new routines, new friends and new schools! And as excited and anxious as the kids were to start in new schools, well, so was I. The schools are great, we’re slowly making new […]

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What do parents think about student data privacy?

September 10, 2015 | Olga Garcia-Kaplan

What do parents think about student data privacy?

I know that nobody asked me what I thought about student data privacy when I began inquiring about my children’s education records and how their privacy was protected, but now the Future of Privacy Forum conducted a survey that showed that the majority of parents with children in the K-12 environment are concerned about the […]

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