University Data Protection Office Blog

January 08, 2020
No. 20-01 8 January 2020 NEWS | Health conditions of students exposed on screen during school assembly 16 December 2019 SCOTLAND – The names of 52 students with autistic spectrum disorder...
January 07, 2020
People are drowning in data and it keeps getting worse. More than two decades ago, in his book “DATA SMOG: Surviving the Information Glut” author David Shenk describes the problem of information overload or having too much information. According to Shenk, it was around the 1950s...
December 23, 2019
We all know how the Internet can be a very useful resource for information. A lesser known fact, though, is how it also poses a significant risk to its users, starting from the way it gathers (too much) information about them.   Take the case of personalized or targeted ads. There...
December 19, 2019
Why carry around cash and bother going to a billing center when you can complete payments right at your fingertips?   Online digital payment is the kind of service offered by platforms such as PayMaya, GCash, and Paypal. It saves people a lot of time, effort, and even money, since it...
December 19, 2019
No. 19-21 19 December 2019 NEWS | 6,000+ affected by Montgomery County Public Schools' data breach 3 December 2019 UNITED STATES – The personal data of thousands of students from Montgomery...
December 06, 2019
No. 19-20 6 December 2019 NEWS | Ransomware attack causes delay in the opening of Livingston School District 24 November 2019 USA –An email was sent to parents on Friday...
November 27, 2019
PDF version   Social media is now used in schools as an educational tool. It supposedly facilitates deeper learning and collaboration among students. Many educators, though, are skeptical, with some even acknowledging drawbacks such as in terms of student privacy and online...
November 25, 2019
  You can now use your face to unlock your iPhone. When your friend posts a group photo on Facebook, the social media platform sometimes notifies you that you may be in it. Meanwhile, some schools now scan facial features to regulate human traffic going in and out of their campuses...
November 25, 2019
  Privacy has long been recognized as a basic human right. However, it was only in recent years that organizations have sought the services of professionals specializing in privacy and data protection for operations and compliance purposes. Given the rapid changes in technology that...
November 20, 2019
The prices of smartphones have gone down significantly in recent years, making them accessible to more people. This is a noteworthy development since for many users in the low-income strata, their smartphones are their only access to the Internet. As more people gain access to the internet and...

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