Ed Tech and Kathy Styles Discuss : Protecting Student Data

The Department of Education’s Kathleen Styles wants schools to proactively protect sensitive student information. The emergence of Big Data in education has created a paradox for K–12 schools. On one side, a tantalizing analytical engine by which to gauge student and institutional progress. On the other, a potential security threat that needs to be handled…

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the…

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UW-Madison to Host Census Research Bureau Data Center

The potential for interdisciplinary research is about to expand considerably throughout the state of Wisconsin, thanks to Census Bureau approval for construction of a branch Research Data Center, or RDC, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. A Census Bureau RDC provides secure access by researchers to administrative data linked across federal agencies that would otherwise…

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Health Affairs Journal Devotes Issue to Data Integration

Health Affairs devoted its entire July 2014 issue to the issue of integrating administrative data–with a specific focus on its potential to affect patient care. This issue also pays close attention to privacy concerns, policy implications, and IT infrastructure. For more information, the Table of Contents for this volume can be found here.

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United States Postal Service Collects Housing Data for HUD

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a database – called the Address Management System – that contains property data on nearly all mailing addresses within the country. These data hold significant potential because they describe the universe of housing addresses within the United States and are frequently updated. The US Department of Housing…

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GAO Releases Report on Privacy Protection

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy.” This report affirms that when different agencies share data, not only are administrative policies improved, services for individual clients are improved as well. Building on this, GAO looked at the different issues…

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