Deletion and Student Privacy: I Forgot to Remember to Forget

Schools collect a lot of data about students. Of course data can be a valuable tool for improving student outcomes; however, that same information can pose a substantial risk to students and their families if it’s not managed well. There are a number of important policy, legal, and technical considerations. CDT is developing recommendations for practitioners about how to balance data retention and deletion policies that maximize the value of data and technology while protecting students’ privacy.

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Terrorist content online: Parliament must take time to address the issues Member States did not

On 6 December, the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministers rushed through an agreement on a negotiating position on the proposal for a Regulation to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content online. When the European Commission published its proposal in September, we called out several problems, namely it’s lack of evidence to justify its necessity and its incompatibility with fundamental rights standards. Unfortunately, Member States did not heed these warnings. While the Council’s text attempts to address some of our concerns, more work is required.

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‘Tis the Season for Our Children’s Privacy

It’s that time of the year again. The holiday season is almost upon us and with that comes holiday parties, travel plans, and most importantly, gifts. There’s a good chance that some of your gifts will be for kids and might even include the latest tech gadget. From new game consoles to network-connected toys, these gadgets collect, use, and may ultimately share a tremendous amount of information. As you start your holiday shopping, here are some things to know to better protect your children’s privacy. 

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Data Provided to HHS to Vett Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children Should Not Be Repurposed for Immigration Enforcement

Information originally provided in connection with the sponsorship of an unaccompanied minor entering the U.S. without lawful status is being used to remove the sponsor (or family members) from the U.S. CDT joined 112 organizations to demand that DHS and HHS stop the inhumane and illegal policy of questioning vulnerable immigrant children about their family and using that information to find, arrest, and try to deport their parents and relatives when they come forward to assume responsibility for the children.

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Tech Talk: A News-tritious Media Diet

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we chat with Lata Nott about a new web tool aimed at improving your online media diet. We also welcome Teddy Hartman from Howard County Public Schools to get a local perspective on how to address student privacy.

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CDT Signs Onto Principles for Privacy Legislation, Calls On NTIA to Promote Robust Privacy Law in Congress

CDT joined with 34 other civil rights, consumer, and privacy advocacy organizations in releasing public interest principles for privacy legislation. Together, we have called for a Congress to enact a law that promotes fairness, prevents discrimination, and advances equal opportunity wherever and whenever data is collected, used, or shared. We have also filed comments with the Trump administration calling for the same.

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