Should Colleges Report When They Get Government Data Requests?
Last year, the University of California, Berkeley, announced that it was publishing a transparency report detailing government requests for data, similar to what tech companies including Google and Facebook have been doing for years.
Universities also have to worry about how they share data with the public, said Brenda Leong, director of operations for the Future of Privacy Forum.
“By being too transparent, you could impede on students’ individual rights,” she told NBC News.
Sharing information that could be used to identify students would be a bad idea, Leong said, but simply divulging the number of requests received and granted by a university would be a step in the right direction.