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It’s Data Privacy Year from what I can tell, but let’s use this trope! 

First, President Obama has proposed federal legislation on student data privacy. I will devote another blog to this issue down the road. For the moment, the higher education community should be prioritizing this matter with a focus on two areas: one, including higher education (at this point it is written for only K-12) and – this is important – two, making sure that the language is precise about the most critical issue of this entire conundrum: profiling. For reasons not yet known (drafters who do not understand the issues and the need for precise language? Lobbyist, such as Google, who have gotten into the mix intentionally to water down the language?), this first version does NOT mirror the California law upon which it is based which specifically identifies profiling as a violation.  

Second, pardon the shameless advertising, but Dan Solove and I have set the date for our 4th Annual Higher Education Privacy Conference. For more information, please see our site. 

Third, I have been helping Julie Buehler, CIO and Vice-Chancellor at the flagship University of Massachusetts, Amherst, build out Information Security.  Information Security became its own division within UMass IT on January 1 with Jake Cunningham as the Interim Information Security Director.  To celebrate, we have collaborated on an article for EDUCAUSE’S Data Privacy Month Series. It is on the relationship between privacy practices and campus processes for cloud computing. Take a look if the topic interests you!