October 2016

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FPF Commends New America’s Report on Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

New America released a report today that addresses the use of data in higher ed analytics – predicting student outcomes and managing university academic programs based on prior data. The growing ability to gather and analyze this data allows colleges to intervene with students struggle, put in place mentoring programs, create support structures addressing “whole student” welfare, ultimately improving academic outcomes and graduation rates.

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Student Privacy Pledge Loopholes? Nope. We Did Our Homework.

The Student Privacy Pledge was introduced over two years ago by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software and Information Industry Association. It was endorsed by the White House and published at the forefront of the movement to clarify responsible practices in the collection, protection, and use of student data as the presence of technology in schools expanded. The Pledge has since been signed by more than 300 ed tech companies as a way to help demonstrate their commitment to student privacy.

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Jules Polonetsky Featured on Modern Workplace

On October 11, 2016, FPF’s CEO, Jules Polonetsky, was featured on Modern Workplace for “The Privacy Balance: Staying secure and ethical with your data.” The webinar focused on how to navigate common blind spots in data security and avoid privacy pitfalls. Jules discussed tips for creating an organization that is profitable and ethical.

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October 27th Event: EU Law, Institutions and Policymaking

The goal of this program is to provide privacy experts with a deeper understanding of the broader legal environment in Europe. Who can bring an action, which courts are involved, how do the various national and Europe wide systems interact? We will seek to understand the issues and challenges of privacy law in the EU context.