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Upcoming Events: January is Data Privacy Month

January is Data Privacy Month. Compliance and Privacy Services and the Information Security Operations Team invite you to view and discuss the final two presentations put on by EDUCAUSE and the Higher Education Information Security Council.  

January 25, 1-2 pm ET – We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help You:  Privacy Issues and Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education

Speakers: Kathleen M. Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education and Michael B. Hawes, Statistical Privacy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education
Moderator: Rodney Petersen, Senior Government Relations Officer & Managing Director of Washington Office, EDUCAUSE

The Department of Education administers the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and recently established a Chief Privacy Officer position to coordinate federal technical assistance on privacy and confidentiality to the education community. Kathleen will discuss ED’s privacy initiatives, both in schools and in connection with student longitudinal databases. The presentation will cover recently issued and forthcoming guidance documents and regulation changes. She and Michael Hawes will also discuss the difficult balance in releasing student data, about the need to both be transparent and protect privacy through disclosure avoidance.

Recommended Links for the January 25 Webinar:


Location: 001B Bailey/Howe Library


January 30, 1-2 pm ET lol…OMG!: What Everyone Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management
Speaker: Matt Ivester, founder of JuicyCampus and author of lol...OMG!
Moderator: Merri Beth Lavagnino, Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator, Indiana University

The ease with which digital content can be shared online, in addition to its many benefits, has created a host of problems for today’s high school and college students. All too often, students are uploading, updating, posting and publishing without giving a second thought to who might see their content or how it might be perceived. Ivester will provide a cautionary look at the many ways that today’s students are experiencing the unanticipated negative consequences of their digital decisions – from lost job opportunities and denied college and graduate school admissions to full-blown national scandals. He will be using real-life case studies and offering actionable strategies and best practices that empower students to clean up and maintain a positive online presence.

Recommended Links for the January 30 Webinar:

  • Learn more about Matt Ivester's book, lol…OMG! at
  • lol…OMG! can be purchased on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. (See below for details about a free download, January 27-30, 2012.)
  • Follow Matt Ivester on Twitter: @MattIvester

Location: 001B Bailey/Howe Library


If you'd prefer to watch at your desk, or to view archived versions after the live sessions, you can find the presentations on the EDUCAUSE Data Privacy web site.  You'll also find an offer for a free download of Matt Ivester's book. 

These presentations, and the related material on the EDUCAUSE web site, should be engaging, informative, and of direct benefit in carrying out our shared responsibilities in protecting the privacy and security of the University's information.  We hope you can join us. 


Data Privacy Month

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