Will more schools make privacy a priority in 2014?

Monica Vendituoli, USA Today,  Saturday, January 11, 2014

In late December 2013, Washington state representative Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) prefiled a bill titled “Maintaining Privacy of Student Education Records,” that requires the consent of parents, guardians and students before a student’s personally identifiable data is shared with certain organizations. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 15.

SafeGov Comments on Google Fine by French Data Protection Authority (CNIL)

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

SafeGov has issued a statement in response to the announcement today by the CNIL, France's Data Protection Authority that it will fine Google 150,000 Euros for its failure to comply with requests to modify its privacy policy to bring it in line with the French Data Protection Act.

Lessons from Lavabit – Who Holds The Keys?

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ladar Levison – martyr or misinformed? Yes, it’s provocative, but since the answer is “a little bit of both” (with a healthy dose of tongue in cheek) it’s a good way to start a more serious discussion of the Lavabit story and what it tells us about cloud services and their relationship to the government.

The Year in Privacy 2013 and the Year to Come

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 was a remarkable year in privacy developments. Here are four main trends I saw occurring this year

Email scanning could bring legal headaches for Gmail in Germany, possibly other EU States as well

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, December 20, 2013

In a recent interview with SafeGov, Dr. Alexander Dix, Berlin’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, covered a broad range of data protection topics, focusing in particular on SafeGov’s proposal for Codes of Conduct to help EU schools ensure that external cloud services respect student privacy. However, a passing remark he made about Gmail caught our attention, because it reminded us of the highly publicized legal battle over Gmail scanning that is now unfolding in the San Jose, California courtroom of U.S. Federal District Judge Lucy Koh, where a group of Gmail users has launched a class action lawsuit against the Mountain View online advertising company.

Commentary: Why data privacy and security in the cloud are imperative

Hemant Pathak, Government Health IT,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has dramatically changed U.S. healthcare. Come January, millions of Americans will have access to affordable healthcare for the first time. The influx of new patients will require providers and other healthcare professionals to adjust the standard procedures they've been accustomed to in order to drive efficiency while still delivering quality patient care.

Why Schools Are Flunking Privacy and How They Can Improve

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Monday, December 16, 2013

Fordham School of Law’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), headed by Joel Reidenberg, has released an eye-opening and sobering study of how public schools are handling privacy issues with regard to cloud computing. The study is called Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools, and it is well worth a read.

Malaysian parents expect great benefits for their children from school Internet use, but say no to online advertising

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A new survey shows that Malaysian parents have high hopes for the benefits that modern Internet services such as email and document collaboration offer to their children in school, but by an overwhelming margin believe these services must not be allowed to engage in online advertising or data mining of children’s personal information.

SafeGov interview with Dr. Alexander Dix, Berlin Privacy Commissioner

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SafeGov recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Alexander Dix, who heads the Berlin Data Protection Authority. Under Germany’s Federal system, each region or Land has its own DPA. Dr. Dix’s full title is Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

Are States Taking The Lead to Enforce Digital Privacy Laws?

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Recently, 37 states and the District of Columbia reached a $17 million dollar settlement with Google over its intentional circumvention of Internet users' privacy settings. The case stemmed from "Google's bypassing of privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser to use cookies to track users and show them advertisements in 2011 and 2012." This multi-state agreement followed Google's $22.5 million dollar settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over the same practice. In total, Google has paid approximately $40 million dollars to federal/state regulators for intentionally harming the personal privacy rights of Internet users in this matter.