Malaysia's Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) was due to take effect on January 1, 2013, but the law is still not in force due to legal formalities. Despite its impending introduction, many companies are still lacking in compliance while consumers doubt it will be strongly enforced. Foong Cheng Leong, a Malaysian lawyer and co-chairman at Kuala Lumpur Bar Information … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s data privacy Act slow to take off
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In Michigan, getting a hold of current and potential employees’ social media account information, just got a lot more difficult. The state has passed a law so citizens will be judged on skills and dedication to their work rather than their party pics or status updates. The law outlaws teachers and parents from asking employees and school children for log-in information to … [Read more...] about Michigan passes Internet privacy act to protect students and employees
As tech companies look to tap into the burgeoning education market with new applications and services for the classroom, lawmakers are worried that current privacy laws offer insufficient protections for student data. [ Related: Higher-Education CIOs Weigh In on 2015 Priorities ]At a recent House hearing, members of a subcommittee on education generally agreed that … [Read more...] about Is Student Data at Risk Due to Out-of-Date Privacy Laws
No one wants their private information falling into the wrong hands, but this is especially true of the younger generation, as they lack the resources to address such a compromise directly, and parents often don’t think to monitor their child’s personal records or usage.Yet, student information is out there, though, which means, personally identifiable information … [Read more...] about Whose privacy matters most?
Leading tech groups welcome call for data breach law and outdated cloud privacy statute, but warn against overreaching consumer privacy legislation.Follow everything from CIO on Twitter @CIOonline.In outlining the new proposals, John Podesta, the counselor to the president who led a three-month study of privacy and big data, took pains to highlight the myriad ways in which data … [Read more...] about White House Calls for Big Data and Cloud Privacy Overhaul
This column is available in a weekly newsletter called IT Best Practices. Click here to subscribe . As I write this article, the world is observing International Data Privacy Day (DPD). The National Cyber Security Alliance and StaySafeOnline.org are behind the annual campaign to help consumers and businesses become more aware of the importance of preserving … [Read more...] about Is “data privacy” an oxymoron?
Microsoft and other companies that provide education technologies and services to U.S. schools aim to assuage parents’ concerns about the collection and handling of student data with a pledge to protect that data.The companies signing the pledge are, however, only a small section of providers to the kindergarten to 12th grade education sector. The pledge may also be an … [Read more...] about Microsoft and other firms take pledge to protect student privacy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the digital world's top watchdog when it comes to privacy and free expression.But while cops and firefighters are often ready to retire after 25 years on the job, protecting citizens, the EFF has a full agenda as it celebrates its 25th anniversary today.The EFF was founded in 1990, when the Web still had just one webpage. Its first major … [Read more...] about Electronic Frontier Foundation celebrates 25 years of defending online privacy
Parents expect schools to keep track of their kids. But in the digital era, keeping track is vastly different than it was a generation ago, thanks to Big Data analytics.According to its advocates, this is a very good thing. Gathering individual information on students can lead to “personalized” and “adaptive” learning platforms. If technology can help … [Read more...] about Schools Keep Track of Students’ Online Behavior, But Do Parents Even Know?
The rapidly expanding wearable device market raises serious privacy concerns, as some device makers collect a massive amount of personal data and share it with other companies, according to a new study.Existing health privacy laws don't generally apply to wearable makers, the study says. While consumers are embracing fitness trackers, smart watches, and smart clothing, a "weak … [Read more...] about Privacy protections for wearable devices are weak, study says