data privacy

How Switching to the Cloud is Streamlining One School’s Data Security System

In 2015, a surprise visit from Vice President Mike Pence put Oral Roberts University’s IT security under a powerful microscope. But the Secret Service was so impressed, they commended the school. “When the secret service compliments you, it makes everybody feel good, right?” says Mike Mathews, VP of Innovation and Technology at the university. “But …

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The FTC Has Its Sights on COPPA, and Edtech Providers Should Take Notice

Following September’s unprecedented $170 million settlement with YouTube for COPPA violations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) signaled its intent to aggressively pursue actions against websites and online services that violate COPPA. Short for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the federal law requires certain websites, apps, and other online services to obtain parental consent and …

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Why Data Interoperability Is Critical for Districts—and How It Transforms Student Learning

Imagine that you are going on a journey. You’re headed somewhere you have visited a few times before, but your memory is fuzzy on the exact directions to take—so you use your navigation app. As you set out, it’s easy to become distracted by your favorite podcast or roadside attractions. You encounter some construction that …

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A Bored Student Hacked His School’s Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?

This week on the podcast we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure, or in some cases how vulnerable, the tech systems in school systems are these days. We’re focusing on a pretty unusual story about Bill Demirkapi, who had a pretty odd hobby while he was in high school in Lexington, Massachusetts. While many …

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Tom Parsons the head of Tenable in Ireland appears on this episode of the Irish Tech News Podcast

I talk to Tom Parsons the head of Tenable in Ireland. Tom talks about the vulnerabilities found in Arlo home cameras, how they can be fixed, and what Tenable do when they discover vulnerabilities,  the Zoom vulnerability that Tenable discovered, and why cloud-based services can be harder to reverse engineer.  Tom also talks about legacy …

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Google Gets $170M Fine and Pledges to Protect Children on YouTube. Will It Matter?

How much is $170 million? At first glance, it seems like a hefty fine—and it’s what the Federal Trade Commission ordered Google to pay as a settlement over complaints that YouTube had violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, or COPPA. But is it really all that much? In April 2018, privacy advocacy groups filed …

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Could Facebook’s rocky relationship with users be damaging marketing prospects?

Despite all of the headlines and the immense scrutiny Facebook has faced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social network seems to have escaped its biggest PR challenge to date largely unscathed. But is that really the case? According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center between May 29 and June …

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Facebook ‘Weaponized’ User Data, Says Bikini Photo-Finding App Developer

Facebook is facing accusations of gathering more user data than disclosed. According to court filings, former start-up Six4Three claimed that the social media company conducted mass surveillance on its users and their friends alike. Based on the lawsuit documents, Facebook reportedly had access to its users’ text messages, photos, and microphones. It can even track …

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Updated Forms, Improved Subscriber Management, and More

Read this post in French, German, Spanish, and Dutch. As the Data Protection Officer at MailChimp, it’s my responsibility to make sure that we’re prepared for—and compliant with—data privacy laws like the GDPR. A few weeks ago, our General Counsel wrote about the benefits of the GDPR and discussed the new tools that we’ve been …

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