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Information Technology

Special Events for Data Privacy Month

Data Privacy Day

January 28 is Data Privacy Day and January is Data Privacy Month. Compliance and Privacy Services and the Information Security Operations Team invite you to view and discuss three presentations put on by EDUCAUSE. 

Wednesday, January 9 (1:00–2:00 p.m., Davis Center 415, Handy Family Room): EDUCAUSE Live! webinar: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone? with special guest Rebecca Herold (the Privacy Professor)
Nearly everyone on a college campus today has a mobile phone, but how should you make use of your smartphone?

You are smarter than your phone if you use sound judgment about revealing your location. You’re smarter than your phone if you know you need to think critically about the sensitivity of the data you put on or access through your phone. You are smarter than your phone if you protect it with a password. If you’re not thinking critically about what you do with your phone, we’ll help you think again!

Wednesday, January 16 (1:00–2:00 p.m., Davis Center 415, Handy Family Room: IAM Online webinar: Scalable Privacy: An NSTIC Pilot Program for the Identity Ecosystem with Ken Klingenstein (Internet2)
Are you interested in providing users more control over privacy, including consenting to release of attributes and actively managing their identity in cyberspace? Would you like to hear about a national effort to build a consistent and robust privacy infrastructure? Learn how this federal pilot program will help develop tools and technologies to achieve these goals.

Wednesday, January 30 (1:00–2:00 p.m., Davis Center 411, Boulder Society Centennial Room): EDUCAUSE Policy webinar: It's Not Just Facebook!—What Every College Student Should Know About Online Privacy with Merri Beth Lavagnino (Indiana University), Jane Rosenthal (University of Kansas), and Kent Wada (UCLA)
Do you want to be targeted with advertisements? Should you care? Should your school be profiling your data to "help you succeed?"

Colleges and universities are beginning to follow the business world in "mining" the electronic habits and trails that we leave as we conduct our digital lives and, unless you understand at a basic level how this digital ecosystem works, you may be may be signing up for more than you bargained for. This week is focused on giving real examples of how your data is used, what new developments are happening that affect college students, and what choices you have.

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.  

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. 

EDUCAUSE has additional suggestions for Data Privacy Month activities.  Please let us you if you'd like to work together on any of them. 


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