Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

The conference is put on in part by the California Community College system and several of the member schools, including Cabrillo College, decided not to renew their Proctorio software license in December.

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Through the app employed in the study - published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies - researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Instead of trading at 39 exchanges around the world, as he had claimed, Qin spent investor money on personal expenses and to invest in other undisclosed high-risk investments, including initial coin offerings, prosecutors said.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Charity GetSchooled Breaches 900k Children’s Details

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Charity GetSchooled Breaches 900k Children’s Details

This breach occurred when GetSchooled (), a charity founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Viacom left a database open and accessible to anyone with a browser and internet connection.

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

Later, when athletes at many universities were forced to download tracking apps, I have little doubt that some of them did the equivalent of “no Facebook, no phone” parties with these apps: sent their phone along to class with a friend, or left it in their dorm, “sleeping,” while they socialized elsewhere.

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

“The data sharing we observed would allow for a broad range of profiling,” says Bill Fitzgerald, the privacy researcher who conducted the tests for the Consumer Reports Digital Lab. Once student data is passed to third parties, he notes, it’s more likely to be used for purposes that don’t reflect a pupil’s best interests.

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

The protests on Monday came after pushback led by students and digital rights group Fight for The Future against a proposed facial recognition program at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) led the school to reverse course and drop the technology.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

At least 44 US colleges and universities have hired private consulting firms to help them track applicants who visit their websites, Douglas MacMillan and Nick Anderson at The Washington Post recently reported.

It's not that hard to unmask real people in anonymous data, researchers warn

It's not that hard to unmask real people in anonymous data, researchers warn

The Computational Privacy Group at Imperial College London has also created a tool to check how likely you'd be correctly re-identified in anonymous data sets.

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

Given 15 demographic attributes of someone living in Massachusetts, there’s a 99.98% chance you could find that person in any anonymized database.“As the information piles up, the chances it isn’t you decrease very quickly,” says Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, a researcher at Imperial College London and one of the study’s authors.

Digital Privacy Is a Class Issue

Digital Privacy Is a Class Issue

There is no sense that people should have a say in what government is permitted to know about them, or in what kinds of data can be used to make decisions about public programs.

Dr. A. Estwick: Safety of Your Personal Data Online Is a Life-And-Death Issue

Dr. A. Estwick: Safety of Your Personal Data Online Is a Life-And-Death Issue

‘Until we get serious, until we get to a point where there’s enough education [...], unfortunately, we’ll keep hearing about data breaches, but there won’t be too much action afterward’, - says Dr. Amelia Estwick, the Program Director at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI).Dr. Estwick has an impressive 20-year long career, she entered the industry before the term ‘cybersecurity’ appeared in our lexicon.

‘Futuristic’ PopID machines improve restaurant efficiency, raise privacy concerns

‘Futuristic’ PopID machines improve restaurant efficiency, raise privacy concerns

While the Ray’s Grill and Treehouse kiosks have been installed since Jan. 12 and Feb. 26, respectively, Danial Shadmany ’21 and Olivia Flournoy ’21 said they had not used them before being approached by The Daily.

Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program

Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program

Nearly 100 students walked out of classes at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope last week in revolt against “Summit Learning,” a web-based curriculum designed by Facebook engineers, and bankrolled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.

No Cash Needed At This Cafe. Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data

No Cash Needed At This Cafe. Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data

"We definitely have some people that walk in off the street that are a little confused and a little taken aback when we can't sell them any coffee," said Sarah Ferris, assistant manager at the Shiru Cafe branch in Providence, R.I., located near Brown University.