Policymakers Archive

May 12, 2017 | Educause

Just in Time Research: Data Breaches in Higher Education

This “Just in Time” research is in response to recent discussions on the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) discussion list about data breaches in higher education. Using data from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, this research analyzes data breaches attributed to higher education. The results from this review will be used to inform EDUCAUSE […]

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College And University Data Breaches: Regulating Higher Education Cybersecurity Under State And Federal Law

May 11, 2017 | Journal of College and University Law

College And University Data Breaches: Regulating Higher Education Cybersecurity Under State And Federal Law

This article discusses the types of breaches commonly faced by higher education institutions and what steps these institutions can take to limit liability and properly respond to potential litigation. Part I will address how data breaches occur, and Part II will outline what kind of data breaches commonly affect colleges and universities, including examples of colleges and […]

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Educational Privacy in the Online Classroom: FERPA, MOOCs, and the Big Data Conundrum

May 11, 2017 | Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

Educational Privacy in the Online Classroom: FERPA, MOOCs, and the Big Data Conundrum

FERPA is so dated that when confronted with a technology that can collect and use big data, like MOOCs, the statute practically breaks down. This article examines the individual privacy concerns implicated by big data in general, assesses whether the privacy language of FERPA can address big data collection and analysis in the MOOC context, and […]

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Balancing Student Privacy, Campus Security, and Public Safety: Issues for Campus Leaders

May 11, 2017 | American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Balancing Student Privacy, Campus Security, and Public Safety: Issues for Campus Leaders

The purpose of this paper is twofold: to provide background information on student privacy and campus security, and to review best practices that college and university leaders may consider to help ensure that a system is in place to simultaneously maximize an open community and manage public safety preparedness and responsiveness. It is also intended […]

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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

May 11, 2017 | New America

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

In ‘The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: A Landscape Analysis,’ authors Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer describe how predictive analytics are used in higher education to identify students who need extra support, steer students in courses they will do well in, and provide digital tools that can customize the learning process […]

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

May 11, 2017 | New America

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

This report discusses the use of data in higher education, which are primarily used in the following ways: • Early-Alert Systems. In an early-alert system, flags are triggered based on academic and nonacademic data from students that signal when they may need additional support. Academic interventions may include tutoring, meetings with an adviser, or assigning a […]

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Privacy In the Age of Analytics

May 11, 2017 | Coalition for Networked Information

Privacy In the Age of Analytics

The move to digital information systems has allowed student data to become more visible and centralized. Technological mediation has also brought a range of third parties into data collection and analysis processes.  Often data is being collected and retained without the knowledge of the individuals whose data and activities are being tracked. This report discusses […]

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Please Don’t Tell My Mom! A Minor’s Right to Informational Privacy

May 11, 2017 | Journal of Law & Education

Please Don’t Tell My Mom! A Minor’s Right to Informational Privacy

This Article argues for a new and improved approach to adolescents informational privacy rights concerning matters of sexuality, such as minors’ exploration of sexual identity and minors’ access to sex-related health care. Departing from existing case law and scholarly commentary, this Article contends that courts should apply strict scrutiny to cases implicating a minor’s informational […]

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Dismantling a Dual-Headed System of Governance: How a Regulatory Overlap Undercuts the Security of Student Health Information in Public Schools

May 11, 2017 | Administrative Law Review

Dismantling a Dual-Headed System of Governance: How a Regulatory Overlap Undercuts the Security of Student Health Information in Public Schools

This article argues that regulating student health information through two separate federal statutes further monitored by two separate administrative agencies does little to either protect the privacy of student health information or ensure that this information is used to address student medical needs. This Article explains the inefficiencies created by this system of protecting student health […]

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