privacy

May 14, 2018

...in recent years, a little more than half of thefts of consumers' personally identifying information were classified as "non-digital," meaning they didn't involve -- or at least, didn't start with -- the thief exploiting some cyber vulnerability, according to a 2017 report from the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Identity.

May 09, 2018

According to a representative for the company, 25 million students worldwide use Chromebooks at school, which are generally more affordable alternatives to fully-fledged PCs or Macs. More than 80 million people use G Suite for Education, with 30 million teachers and students using Google Classroom, a management app that allows teachers to push out assignments and materials and collect student work.

May 09, 2018

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says "privacy is a human right" and that internet users should be in control of their data. Nadella outlined the company's ethical principles Monday as he kicked off its annual conference for software developers. Nadella didn't mention Facebook's privacy scandals or the data collection practices of rival tech companies, but his comments at the Build conference in Seattle further staked out Microsoft's message that technology should be built for social good.

May 06, 2018

The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The records collected by the NSA include the numbers and time of a call or text message, but not their content.

April 26, 2018

Facebook remains the center of attention over concerns about data privacy and sharing. How are schools reckoning with how they use the social media platform and what data is shared?

April 19, 2018

Thousands of free, popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store could be violating child privacy laws, according to a new, large-scale study, highlighting growing criticism of Silicon Valley's data-collection efforts.

April 13, 2018

Day two of the Facebook CEO’s grilling in Washington, DC, was more aggressive than the first. It gave us a glimpse into what Facebook has done in the past, where it currently stands, and where it is heading next. Here are some of the key points to emerge from his testimony.

April 12, 2018

NEPC isn't alone in calling out for schools and educators to show much greater caution in their use of social media and digital tools. EdTech Strategies, a consultancy that researches education technology, innovation and policy, recently published a six-part series intended to "shed light" on the use of websites by schools and state departments of education.

April 11, 2018

What the first day of the Zuckerberg hearings made clear is that many American lawmakers are illiterate when it comes to 21st century technology. As a result, the issue that was supposed to be the focus of the hearing -- "social media privacy and the use and abuse of data," as Sen. Chuck Grassley put it -- was but one among many. And at the moment when the country needed a smart conversation about privacy, what it got was meandering questions and misfires.

April 10, 2018

"One of the biggest challenges that I think comes with the GDPR is how do you enable an ongoing program within the enterprise? It's not a tick-box exercise. There is a fundamental change required in an enterprise in order to comply on an ongoing basis with the GDPR."

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