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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 […]

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Algorithmic transparency: Examining from within and without

As the volume of consumer data grows, an increasing number of decisions previously made by humans are now made by algorithms. Many thought leaders have called for algorithmic transparency to ensure that these decisions aren’t leading to unfair or discriminatory outcomes, but algorithmic transparency is tricky to implement. Last December, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill acknowledged […]

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Who Exactly IS a “School Official” Anyway?

School Officials and Ed Tech Vendors The School Official exception to FERPA, the federal student privacy law, allows schools to provide student data to principals, teachers and school employees to use for educational purposes. But what about contractors who may work for the school, like a bus company or an email service provider? The original […]

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Leading Research Presented at Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers

On Wednesday evening, the Future of Privacy Forum hosted the Sixth Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers, an annual presentation and discussion of leading privacy research. The top papers, all published in 2015, were selected by a subcommittee from the FPF Advisory Board as the best papers to inform any conversation about regulatory privacy initiatives in Congress, as […]

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the Student Privacy […]

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Winning 2015 Privacy Papers for Policymakers to be Presented

The Future of Privacy Forum is pleased to publish our annual compilation of winning privacy papers, Privacy Papers for Policymakers. These five top papers along with two honorable mentions, all published in 2015, were selected by a subcommittee from the FPF Advisory Board as the best papers to inform any conversation about regulatory privacy initiatives […]

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FTC Releases Report on Benefits and Risks of Big Data

This week the FTC released a report exploring the use of Big Data analytics. The 33-page document, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, is based on the FTC’s Big Data Workshop on September 17, 2014. The report outlines some of the benefits and risks of Big Data use, and surveys the existing […]

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Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Connect Safely, and the National PTA are proud to announce that the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy is now available in Spanish, both on-line and in hard copy formats. Last year, FPF partnered with ConnectSafely and the National PTA to create the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. […]