Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.
Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on January 28.
Data flows freely in today's online world. Everyone - from home computer users to multinational corporations - needs to be aware of the personal data others have entrusted to them and remain vigilant and proactive about protecting it. Being a good online citizen means practicing conscientious data stewardship. Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and make the protection of privacy and data a great priority in their lives.
Now this is a fascinating thing - this concern over our "digital footprint" because of NSA leaks, data breeches by the millions through businesses like Target and the latest survey from Common Sense Media.
- 90% of adults are concerned about how non-educational interests are able to access and use students' personal information.
· Increasing transparency by requiring schools to notify parents before they share students' personal data with private companies (91%)
· Creating tighter security standards to protect students' private information that is stored "in the cloud" (89%)
· Making it illegal for schools and education-technology companies to sell students' private information to advertisers (77%)
· Restricting companies from using students' online habits and searches on school computers to target online advertisements to them (74%)
· Restricting cloud services such as Google from using students' email, online searches, and Web histories to build profiles of personal data and demographics over time (70%)
To start the discussion, we propose three basic principles that attempt to balance the tremendous opportunity provided by education technology with the need to foster a trusted learning environment committed to children’s educational development where their personal information is protected.
These initial principles are:
- Students’ personal information shall be used solely for educational purposes.
- Students’ personal information or online activity shall not be used to target advertising to students or families.
- Schools and education technology providers shall adopt appropriate data security, retention, and destruction policies.
Just to see how the other side - the Gates Foundation's Data Quality Campaign - sees life for teachers with all this data, a YouTube video. The opening scenes with data popping up everywhere? I'll bet it's a teacher's dream.
"They have access to 'powerful tools" that let them see if a student goes off track." Without naming those tools but the teacher has a device in her hand that looks suspiciously like an iPad.
Yes, because technology is going to solve everything.