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 Technology Committee, said despite the announcement by a minister that the act will take effect at the beginning of the year, it is technically still on hold as there needs to first be an official notification in the Government Gazette for the Act to be formalized. In a report published in December 2012, Malaysian newspaper The Star cited deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang who said during a keynote the PDPA would be enforced on January 1, 2013 and companies will have three months to comply. Malaysia's law for personal data protection has been long in the making. The … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s data privacy Act slow to take off
Protecting student privacy act
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 access their social media accounts. The bill is the “Internet privacy protection act,” and it gives citizens the right to refuse surrendering their username or passwords for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. House Bill 5523, signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder (R.) and introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R.), will “prohibit[s] employers and educational institutions from requiring certain individuals to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of personal internet accounts.” Michigan isn’t the only state 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 the 41-year-old Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) needs is due for an update that would restrict the collection and usage of education data, while at the same time leaving room for new technologies to flourish."As we examine FERPA, we need to balance privacy and innovation," says Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. "Congress must ensure student data is being used only for defined educational purposes and cannot be sold or used for private companies' financial gain."Witnesses at Thursday's hearing, including an … [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 (PII) about children is as much in jeopardy of being compromised as the data collected around any other group.Despite the fact that all data is at risk, legislation safeguards the collection, storing, and sharing of student data more than any other public sector; however, they need strict regulations to protect everyone’s private information, not just that of students.According to FierceGovernmentIT, senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reintroduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act which will, if passed, set forth requirements for collecting student data, but what are the risks … [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 collected from sensors, smartphones and other networked devices and objects can yield valuable social and economic benefits.Big data functions like predictive analytics and continuous monitoring can help stem the spread of infectious diseases or provide advance warning about potential mechanical failures in jet engines, for instance.[Related: Obama Backs 'Consumer Bill of Rights' for Online Privacy]At the same time, Podesta cautioned that "big data raises serious questions, too, about how we protect our privacy," suggesting that businesses need to provide users with more meaningful ways to understand and control … [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 individuals' data privacy online.Like the term jumbo shrimp, "data privacy" seems to be an oxymoron, at least in the United States. Our laws concerning the handling of private data – that is, data that can be used to identify a specific person – seem to be more about protecting the rights of business than the rights of the individual. In fact, many of the state laws pertain to what to do after the data has been breached rather than how to keep it safe in the first place.Just recently President Obama made two proposals to shore up data privacy. The proposed Student Digital Privacy Act would prevent … [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 attempt to propose self-regulation as an alternative to tighter federal laws.The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a think tank in Washington, D.C., and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), who announced the pledge late Monday, described the 14 companies who have signed the pledge as an “initial leadership group.”Microsoft and the 13 other companies have promised not to sell student information or behaviorally target advertising. They pledge, among other things, to be transparent about the collection and use of data, to adopt comprehensive security standards to protect student data … [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 case was one in which the U.S. Secret Service, hunting a stolen documented, raided a company's computers, computers that were also used to run an online bulletin board, and read and deleted those users' messages.The company, Steve Jackson Games, and some of the users of that bulletin board, thought that the government overstepped its warrant.The situation inspired former Lotus president Mitch Kapor, Sun Microsystems employee John Gilmore and John Perry Barlow, cattle rancher and Greatful Dead lyricist to form the EFF and represent Steve Jackson Games and their users against the U.S. Secret Service.In 1993, in a … [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 students become more successful, what’s not to like?A lot, say privacy advocates, since the collection of information on students goes well beyond data used to shape individual curriculums.That data collection is, “out of control,” according to Khaliah Barnes, director of the student privacy project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).[ Securing big data off to slow start ]In a recent blog post in the New York Times, Barnes said data collection is not just about attendance, grades, disciplinary records and learning aptitudes.“Data gathering includes health, fitness and … [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 and fragmented" health privacy regulatory system in the U.S. fails to give consumers the privacy protections they may expect, said the study, released Thursday by the Center for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University."Many of these devices are already being integrated into a growing Big Data digital health and marketing ecosystem, which is focused on gathering and monetizing personal and health data in order to influence consumer behavior," the study says. As consumers buy more smart wearables and the devices' functionality becomes increasingly sophisticated "the extent and … [Read more...] about Privacy protections for wearable devices are weak, study says