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Future of Privacy Forum announces release of two new papers On October 15 the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced the release of “Who is Reading Whom Now: Privacy in Education from Books to MOOCs,” by Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, and “Student Data: Trust, Transparency and the Role of Consent,” by Jules Polonetsky and Joseph Jerome. The first paper “seeks to separate the core ed tech privacy issues from the broader policy debates surrounding education standardization, the Common Core, longitudinal data systems and the role of business in education” and “proposes a broad range of solutions, from deployment of traditional privacy tools, such as contractual and organizational governance mechanisms, to greater data literacy by teachers and increased parental involvement.” The second paper “discusses how over the past decade, new technologies in schools have generated an “explosion of data” for public school systems to use and analyze.”
Elana Zeide, an attorney and research fellow at the Information Law Institute at New York University School of Law, released “The Proverbial ‘Permanent Record,’” examining “the concerns captured in the concept of the proverbial ‘permanent record,’ how closely these fears match and diverge from information flow surrounding SLDSs, and the [legal, technological, and administrative] ways that address these fears.”
Gaggle and Microsoft have both signed the “K-12 School Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy” created by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software and Information Industry Association.
Although originally published in December 2013, Columbia University’s BWOG has just reposted an investigation by a student of Columbia’s surveillance, security, and privacy. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.