As the appetite for educational data on students has grown across the K-12 sector, so has the stated desire among many state lawmakers to try to protect the privacy and security of sensitive student information.
Given the recent influx of web-based tools in education, this hole affecting two-thirds of the Internet is especially frightening for educators and schools as they scramble to determine whether their data and that of the students, families and communities they serve is at risk.
As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through federal court, giant online-services provider Google has acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools.
Hackers, mostly foreign. The Target hack and the vast majority of cybercrime, cybersecurity breaches, and malware attacks are the handy work of hackers based in Russia, China, the U.S. and other countries.
In a notice published Tuesday, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) said speculative trading in the virtual currency “carries significant risk,” including the possibility of falling victim to fraud.
Recent data breaches at some of America’s largest higher education institutions are highlighting the vulnerability of students’ and faculty’s private information — and the constant threat universities across the country face.
While it's true that marketers, the government, data aggregators and others are gathering and analyzing more data than ever about every individual, you can still exert some control over what's out there, who's tracking you and what they do with that information.