Privacy & Security
Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts to protect sensitive information and keep students safe online.
- Privacy & Security Teachers Are Watching Students' Screens During Remote Learning. Is That Invasion of Privacy?The tools help teachers keep remote students on track and pinpoint who needs help. Some parents and students worry about over-surveillance.Privacy & Security Cyberattacks on Schools Soared During the PandemicThe number of cyberattacks on school districts surged by a whopping 18 percent in calendar year 2020, a new analysis shows.Privacy & Security What Educators Should Know About Digital Self-Harm During Hybrid and Remote LearningSome research suggests the phenomenon known as "digital self-harm" is on the rise and schools need to address it more directly.Privacy & Security Cybersecurity Training for Educators Lagging Behind Rising Risk of CyberattacksAlmost 80 percent of K-12 and college-level educators report using some sort of online learning platform during the pandemic.Privacy & Security Schools Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Their Networks, Top Cybersecurity Official WarnsThe nation's top cybersecurity official urged schools to take advantage of free federal resources for safeguarding their networks.Privacy & Security COVID-19 and Cybersecurity: 'Catastrophic Attack on Our Technology Systems'Two large school districts have been rattled in the last week by incidents related to internet security and privacy.Privacy & Security Large, Well-Off Suburban Districts Most Likely to Get HackedBigger, wealthier districts make easier targets for hackers, a GAO analysis found.Privacy & Security School Reopenings Bring Wave of COVID-19 Student-Data-Privacy ConcernsSafely storing videos of classroom lessons and protecting sensitive health information will be a challenge.Privacy & Security N.Y. Lawmakers Voted to Ban Facial Recognition in Schools. One Superintendent Isn't Pleased.New York state lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban facial recognition technology from the state's schools until at least July 2022.Privacy & Security Facial Recognition Tech in Schools Prompts Lawsuit, Renewed Racial Bias ConcernsThe New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state education department's decision to approve the Lockport school district's facial recognition system.Privacy & Security Zoom Unveils New Privacy and Security Features to Address Hacking IssuesThe company has agreed to a host of new security features for all nationwide users, including password-protected invitations and giving meeting hosts control over private chat messages.Privacy & Security Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for SchoolsSchools across the country are evaluating their use of the videoconferencing tool, some banning it and others trying to use it safely.