Posts by Brenda Leong

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Enhancing Usability for Online Privacy Controls

Today, Google announced new features that provide users with additional customized options and controls over personal data, as well as easy-to-follow instructions and notifications that explain users’ choices in simple terms. The new features make privacy controls quicker to find and easier to understand and operate.

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Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

Data has always been an inherent part of the educational process – a child’s age, correlated with her grade level, tracked to specific reading or math skills that align with that grade, measured by grades and tests which rank her according to her peers. Today this data is ever more critical.

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Google Provides Open Source Platform for Beacon Security

After an initial splash, news about beacon technology has been fairly quiet recently, but last week an advancement was announced that will support easier access to privacy and security capabilities on this unique technology. Beacons are sometimes misunderstood – thought to collect or retain data on nearby people, or able to track smartphone movements without […]

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FPF Hires Director of Communications – Melanie Bates

We are delighted to welcome Melanie Bates to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) as of April 11, 2016 as our new Director of Communications. In this new position, Melanie will be responsible for all FPF communications requirements including website updates, media relations, internal member communications, and social media presence. She will also assist with […]

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19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools

Which Students Succeed and Why?   “Thoughtful use of education data has tremendous potential to improve and address inequities in America’s education system. Scientists better understand how the brain incorporates new information and skills. Educators have a more accurate sense of student progress and potential risk for dropping out. Students and teachers use more detailed […]

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Google Responds to Sen. Franken

Google provided a response this week to Senator Franken’s request for information on their policies and practices with regards to their Google Apps For Education (GAFE) suite of services. Ed Week reviewed Google’s letter, and asked FPF to comment on the response. Full article here.

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ACLU, Tenth Amendment Center Join Forces on Data Privacy

“In consultation with the center—a think tank that advocates strict limits on federal power—the ACLU wrote model legislation that both organizations are urging legislators around the country to support. … “The Future of Privacy Forum—a Washington-based think tank and a co-author of the Student Privacy Pledge, a commitment by ed-tech companies to safeguard data—offered a […]

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FPF Supports Connect Safely for Safer Internet Day

Our friends at Connect Safely have put together an amazing program to support student awareness and education as part of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  Below is their writeup – we invite you all to participate and spread the word – particularly to the students in your life and their educational institutions […]

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SXSW Edu – FPF and Colleagues Take on “Trust” Question

I am heading to SxSW Edu to join the US Department of Education Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles, Common Sense Media’s Bill Fitzgerald, Data Quality Campaign’s Aimee Guidera, and several other distinguished education and privacy speakers for this session on student data privacy.  Sponsored by CoSN, this is not just a panel but a full […]