How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

Among one of the more damaging issues Demirkapi found in Follett’s student information system was an improper access control vulnerability, which if exploited could have allowed an attacker to read and write to the central Aspen database and obtain any student’s data.

The Great Hack

The Great Hack

When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves. Based on Kid Cudi’s upcoming concept album of the same name, this adult animated anthology follows a young man on his journey to discover love.

Pearson data breach: details of hundreds of thousands of U.S. students hacked

Pearson data breach: details of hundreds of thousands of U.S. students hacked

Pearson says that to its knowledge none of the accessed student data has been misused and the chances of the data being misused are low since no financial data was accessed. The company says it has already contacted all the people who had their data breached and is offering complimentary credit-monitoring services to affected victims.

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

The letter describes the database as “part of an alarming trend in Florida over the past year,” alongside other new record-collection requirements outlined in the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Across the country, too, more and more schools and governments are looking toward surveillance technology to ease their security concerns.

Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Then it launches 100 (yes, 100) tabs in your browser that are designed to make your browsing behavior look like one of its stereotypical profile types. For example, picking Influencer will launch dozens of tabs with Amazon searches for holistic remedies, pages for meditation apps and other online New Age goodies.

Bogus “Aggression Detectors” Are Audio-Recording People In Public

Bogus “Aggression Detectors” Are Audio-Recording People In Public

ProPublica and Wired published a story this week reporting that the technology is being used in hundreds of schools, hospitals, and other public places around the world, including over 100 in the United States.

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

The students were helping ProPublica test an aggression detector that’s used in hundreds of schools, health care facilities, banks, stores and prisons worldwide, including more than 100 in the U.S. Sound Intelligence, the Dutch company that makes the software for the device, plans to open an office this year in Chicago, where its chief executive will be based.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

The Future Of School Safety Includes Round-The-Clock Surveillance Of Students

The Future Of School Safety Includes Round-The-Clock Surveillance Of Students

The software also flagged this tweet, posted by a 31-year-old comic book artist who happened to be tweeting from inside Social Sentinel's geofence: Cat #1: pwease feed me thank you Me: ha, cute.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

BuzzFeed News got its hands on a copy of a letter distributed to the students' parents, and it describes Aegis as "an early warning system" that can notify officials of threats.

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

Until the New York State Department of Education stepped in to stop the bad press from spreading, the Lockport (New York) City School District announced that it would become the first public school in the country to fire up a facial-recognition system that would scan its students, staff, and faculty.

Chinese driver gets ticket for scratching his face

Chinese driver gets ticket for scratching his face

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption A Chinese man's face scratch landed him a traffic fine and two points on his licence A man in eastern China received a fine after a traffic camera using artificial intelligence captured him scratching his face, it's reported.

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

The percentage of users that are not comfortable with this data collection is likely to be significantly higher than 51% considering it’s much more invasive than compiling a list of interests and involves sharing aggregated real-time snapshots of their movements with third-parties.

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

The Brennan Center for Justice reports schools are purchasing social media monitoring tools with increasing frequency, allowing them to track and surveil students far past the borders of the school grounds.

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Products like Securly and Gaggle, which surveil typically private online spaces like email accounts, documents, private calendars, and search histories and, unlike locker or backpack searches, can involve reaching into the documents and communications that a student creates while at home, sit on the extreme end of the spectrum of ways schools monitor and safeguard students.

Camera Above the Classroom

Camera Above the Classroom

Let alone knowing there’s a camera.” And when students from other schools asked why their teachers started collecting facial data, someone responded: “The whole country is advocating ‘intelligent education.’ It’s probably your principal who wants to add glory to his career accomplishments.”.

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

Teens get a lot of warnings that we aren’t mature enough to understand that everything we post online is permanent, but parents should also reflect about their use of social media and how it could potentially impact their children’s lives as we become young adults.

At Harvard Law, Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, ‘information fiduciaries’ and targeted advertisements

At Harvard Law, Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, ‘information fiduciaries’ and targeted advertisements

Zittrain launched the conversation at HLS by raising the question of whether Facebook and other data-hungry internet companies should become “information fiduciaries.” Developed with Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin, the concept involves making such companies abide by a duty of loyalty to their users when handling sensitive data–including putting the user’s interests in front of profits–much the same way a lawyer or doctor must protect a client’s confidentiality.

Supreme Court finds teacher who used camera pen guilty of voyeurism

Supreme Court finds teacher who used camera pen guilty of voyeurism

That court pointed to the presence of 24-hour surveillance security cameras in and around the school, "which were clearly visible to everyone." The 'right' result Lawyer Gillian Hnatiw, vice-chair of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund board — an intervener in the case — said the decision should lay out a "very thoughtful test" for determining what a 'reasonable expectation of privacy' means in the context of a sexual crime.

Technology won’t solve America’s mass school shooting dilemma

Technology won’t solve America’s mass school shooting dilemma

In the wake of the Parkland, Sandy Hook and other school shootings too numerous to mention, U.S. school districts and parents who pay the bills are pouring millions of dollars into high-tech surveillance, crisis response, and police technologies in a desperate search for solutions.

How much privacy should children have from their own parents?

How much privacy should children have from their own parents?

For parents who really want to ensure that their children can be located at all times, a new generation of GPS tracking devices are placed on young people using hard-to-remove ankle bracelets.

Privacy Inequality: The Most Brutal Form of Inequality You’ve Ever Imagined

Privacy Inequality: The Most Brutal Form of Inequality You’ve Ever Imagined

But the one that’s coming will intensify this situation in every way, dehumanizing the people who won’t be able to afford to pay for privacy. 3. Dehumanizing people: The Protected and The Predictable What’s happening now isn’t just that data increases its value over time.

Chinese schools enforce 'smart uniforms' with GPS tracking system to monitor students

Chinese schools enforce 'smart uniforms' with GPS tracking system to monitor students

Chinese schools enforce 'smart uniforms' with GPS tracking system to monitor students Updated Photo: Facial recognition ensures that each uniform is worn by its rightful owner.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

Apparently because they knew that left handed people mucked up their results for various reasons. But if I was you I would just do a google search on historic mental tests and coins.

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class.

Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

The report calls on parents and schools to examine the type of gadgets children play with, like smart speakers, wifi-powered toys, and gaming apps, all of which are collecting data on kids.

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.

Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

Five months later—pursuant to a court order in the Robbins case—it informed Hasan for the first time that it had secretly taken the photographs.[18] The district was put on notice of a third parallel suit that a third student intended to bring against the district, for "improper surveillance of the Lower Merion High School student on his school issued laptop", which included taking over 700 webcam shots and screenshots between December 2009 and February 2010.[19]

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