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iKeepSafe and California EdTech Professionals Focus on Student Privacy

iKeepSafe works with families and educators nationwide and around the globe, and a lot of our recent efforts on student privacy have been in California, in response to new student privacy laws passed in 2014. On December 1-4, we’ll highlight our work at the Annual Conference of the California Education Technology Professionals Association in San…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

K-12 Schools Must Teach Data Privacy and Security

It is essential that children learn about data privacy and security. Their lives will be fully enveloped by technologies that involve data. But far too little about these topics is currently taught in most schools. Fortunately, there is a solution, one that I’m proud to have been involved in creating. The Internet Keep Safe Coalition…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Online Education Leaders and Student Privacy

On November 9, iKeepSafe joined the US Department of Education and the Future of Privacy Forum for a panel discussion on student data privacy at the 10th iNACOL Symposium, one of the most important gatherings for education leaders introducing powering new online and blended learning models into K12 and higher education. Alan Simpson, Kathleen Styles…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Student Data Privacy Workshop for K12 Educators

Today, iKeepSafe and the San Juan Unified School District are hosting a free student data privacy workshop for K12 educators, designed to update you about student privacy and new legislation, help you understand and respond to parent concerns, and  increase confidence in edtech products you choose for your students and schools. Presenters will include Marsali Hancock, Hallie Saber…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Think Through Math Earns iKeepSafe FERPA Badge and COPPA Seal

Elite distinction recognizes TTM’s commitment to student online safety, security and privacy Pittsburgh, Penn. (October 29, 2015) —— Think Through Learning, a leader in education technology innovation, is proud to announce that its award-winning Think Through Math program has been recognized for compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s…Continue Reading

Categories: Press Releases, Privacy

San José Public Library’s Virtual Privacy Lab

Privacy. Pause for a few seconds to think about what that word means. What emotions does it evoke? Are there specific images or moments in time that pop into your mind? Now think about online privacy. Does your definition change? Do you have different expectations for online privacy than you do for offline interactions? We…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Privacy

Privacy Workshop for K12 Educators on September 21

iKeepSafe is helping K12 educators address concerns about student data privacy, and continue to enable students and schools to access the benefits of edtech. Our campaign includes free privacy workshops for educators, a new privacy curriculum for students developed with the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and tools to help schools evaluate their privacy practices.…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Back to School in the Digital Age: How Educators and Entrepreneurs Use and Protect Student Data

iKeepSafe is working with Orrick LLP and EdSurge on a discussion about education technology and student privacy, on Wednesday, October 7th in San Francisco. Building on our workshops with K12 educators, this event will expand the conversation with edtech startups, companies and investors, and highlight practical steps that educators and edtech leaders are taking to…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

iKeepSafe Student Data Privacy Workshop for K12 Educators

Friday, August 7th, 9:30am-2:30pm Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose Room 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131-2304, the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education are hosting a free student data privacy workshop for K-12 educators, designed to: update educators about student privacy in…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Universities May Be the Next Key Target for Cybercrime

By now, it’s household knowledge that some companies that went on to fame and greatness were founded by the so-called “geeky” kids during their early years. The founding of Apple computers in a garage and the founding of Facebook in a Harvard college dorm room are the stuff of startup legends. But a recent “crime…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

The Everyday Relevance of Encryption

Encryption deployment is a hot topic in the aftermath of massive hacking campaigns and widespread consumer fraud, but there is a general lack of understanding of the relevance of cryptography for the everyday– not just for banks and multinationals. Many people are asking: why push for encryption and online privacy when they don’t have anything…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker for High Schools Earns iKeepSafe FERPA Badge

Educational reporting leader first to receive badge for student data privacy July 22, 2015–, a leading digital safety and privacy nonprofit, announced today that it has awarded its first privacy protection badge to StudentTrackerSM for High Schools from the National Student Clearinghouse, the largest provider of electronic student record exchanges in the U.S. Its selection…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Press Releases, Privacy

Should I Get a New Social Security Number?

When you’re a victim of identity theft, it can be really tempting to want to just throw up your hands and start over fresh with new information. And in the case of your bank accounts, credit card accounts, or online accounts, that option is pretty much available to you, especially if the damage is serious…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Important New Student Data Principles

iKeepSafe applauds Data Quality Campaign and the education co-signers for encouraging educational institutions and companies to collect, use, and destroy student data in ways that protect the privacy of students and families. Responsible use of education technology and student data is crucial, which is why iKeepSafe developed our FERPA seal and COPPA safe harbor programs.…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Privacy Boot Camp Recap

Representatives from more than 40 companies — from start-ups to small- and medium-sized ed tech companies — attended the two-day student data privacy boot camp, where they heard educators, policymakers, advocates, and legal experts discussed growing parent concerns about student data privacy and security. iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock highlighted how iKeepSafe helps educators,…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

IKS Presents at Privacy Boot Camp

Today, iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock is presenting at a two-day data-privacy “bootcamp” in the nation’s capital. Hosted by The Future for Privacy Forum ed-tech investor Rethink Education, the event aims to provide more than 40 companies in attendance with a stronger understanding of how the changing laws and policies will affect them. The…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Building on the Student Privacy Pledge

More than 100 companies have signed the new Student Privacy Pledge established by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association, and the pledge has been praised by President Obama and legislators on both sides of the aisle. The Pledge is an important way for ed tech companies to demonstrate their…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Privacy

What is a privacy policy? And how does it protect you?

If you’ve spent any time at all around the internet, you’ve probably come across a number of different user agreements. These documents, often written in extensive legal-speak and required for access to the website, are (unfortunately) ignored by most of the public. Too often, users check the little box agreeing to the terms and then…Continue Reading

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National Cyber Security Alliance Launches Data Privacy Day, Helping Consumers Better Navigate Privacy in a Digitally Connected World

Annual Day of Awareness and Education Focuses on Renewed Emphasis of Creating a Culture of Privacy and a Strong Cybersecurity Posture WASHINGTON, D.C., January 26, 2015 – This coming Wednesday, January 28, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day in the United States. Data Privacy Day centers on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.”…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy

What EXACTLY Is Identity Theft?

When we think of identity theft, we might think of a simple matter of having someone use our credit cards or open a new line of credit in our names. But identity theft just isn’t that simple. There are actually a wide variety of types of theft a criminal can commit while using your personally…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

The Road to Student Data Privacy Protection

This season, many people are hitting the road to see family and friends for the holidays. If you have to drive anywhere, you’ll probably use a map to plan your route. Similarly, there are lots of resources available to help states on their journey to harnessing the incredible power of education data to support student…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy

Be Aware Before You Share

A few days ago, I received a call from a man who was angry about his information being on the Internet.  He commented that after “Googling” himself he learned that his information was everywhere and he wanted me to have it removed, as he did not authorize anyone to share his information. While we seem…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Online Reputation, Privacy

Data Quality Campaign Releases Results of Tenth Annual Survey on How States Use Data to Improve Education

At the Data Quality Campaign, we recently released the results of our tenth annual survey on how states are using data to improve education. The great news is that states are continuing their work to make sure the data they collect are used to help students, families, educators, and policymakers make good decisions about education.…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Education Data: A Critical Decision Making Tool

Education data are a critical decision making tool for everyone with a stake in education. Teachers need data to plan and personalize their lessons. School leaders need data to provide the specific supports their students need. Parents also need data to understand and support their child’s learning. When we think about education data, we often think of…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Third-Party Apps Can Be a Goldmine for Hackers

There are a wide variety of internet-based services out there that make our lives easier and more organized, as well as platforms that simply make life more enjoyable. With everything from instant messaging, photo sharing, and cloud-based document storage, the internet opened up a wealth of connectivity that has definitely enhanced life in the 21st…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Protecting kids’ privacy in the classroom and beyond

Educational technologies are always changing and this poses a great challenge to parents and educators as our main interest is to keep children safe but encourage the technology we think shall best support our young learners. The effective and cautious use of data can improve student’s’ school experience. It can ensure that each student is…Continue Reading

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Back to School – What Parents Should Know about Student Data

It’s back to school time! Children around the country are heading back into the classroom and gearing up for a year of growth and learning. At the same time, parents, educators, school leaders, and state and local policymakers are working to make the best decisions for their students. From the way parents talk with their…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Future of Privacy Forum Launches One-Stop Shop Website for Student Privacy

As schools increasingly rely on data to improve education, and as teachers increasingly rely on technology in the classroom to improve the learning experience, privacy concerns are being raised about the collection and use of student data. With ‘back to school’ now in full-swing, and to address both the promise and challenges surrounding privacy and…Continue Reading

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Safeguarding Student Data Privacy: Key Questions—And Answers

Education data are a powerful tool that can help all with a stake in education—from families and educators, to state and federal policymakers— in their efforts to support students and identify pathways to success. When teachers have appropriate access to data on their students, they can individualize their instruction, communicate better with students and their…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy

How Your Device Tracks Your Movements, and What You Can Do About It

An exciting new update to the iOS operating system—that’s the one that powers Apple’s portable devices, like iPhones, iPads, and certain iPods—is coming this fall, and for users concerned about their privacy and data security, this update can’t come a minute too soon. Besides a number of features that are intended to make Apple consumers’…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Cyber Safety, Privacy

Scam Alert: Netflix Phishing Scam

Netflix users beware: according to several sources, there is a new scam targeting users of the popular video streaming service Netflix. In this scam, a pop-up ad resembling Netflix’s login page is tricking consumers into handing over their personal information.  Once they’ve entered their account information, victims are told that their account has been suspended…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Awareness Through Images

Here at the ITRC, we are incredibly excited about the release of our first infographic. A large part of the work we do here at the ITRC is tracking, analyzing and disseminating information regarding reported  data breaches. This work ranges from updating our data breach report weekly to  helping victims; often we  provide best safety…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Privacy Matters

The news media recently reported an unfortunate incident in which a daughter’s Facebook brag allegedly breached the terms of her father’s confidential settlement with his former employer, potentially costing the family approximately $80,000. The incident is unfortunate for several reasons including, among other things, that the daughter has received negative public attention, which some have…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Who Would Want my Identity?

A common question that we hear from victims calling into our Victim Assistance Call Center is, “Who would ever want to steal MY identity?” They are surprised that anyone would waste their time trying to abuse their identity as they often believe there is nothing to gain. Some victims believe that because their credit score…Continue Reading

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Data Privacy Day 2014

Since 2008, people and organizations around the world have joined together on January 28th to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, it is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority in…Continue Reading

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5 Steps to Begin Managing Your Digital Footprint

In honor of Data Privacy Day, iKeepSafe Compliance Advisor Linnette Attai explained five steps for managing your digital footprint. “It’s the start of a new year – a time to look at our habits with fresh eyes, make positive changes and tackle life with renewed energy and enthusiasm.   It’s also a great time to take…Continue Reading

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Privacy – Important Tips to Consider

Starting at a young age, parents teach children to protect their privacy and steer clear of situations that may be potentially dangerous both physical and emotionally. Kids are encouraged to avoid strangers, report bullying and stand-up for themselves if they feel they are being treated unfairly. With the permeation of the internet into our culture,…Continue Reading

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Apps: What they may mean for your privacy

Ever had that suspicious feeling that someone is watching you, monitoring your every move, surreptitiously spying from the shadows? You probably shrugged it off as unwarranted paranoia. But maybe your suspicions weren’t so unwarranted after all. The truth is, a majority of us can be found 24/7 with palm-sized tracking devices in our pockets. Yes,…Continue Reading

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Teachable Moments about Identity Theft

As parents, we start teaching our kids the basics of how the world—and everything in it—works. The Cow goes Moo, the sky is blue, keep your identity true. This suggestion may feel like it goes a bit too far, but does it really? One of the new basics should be helping our children to understand…Continue Reading

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Protecting Your Privacy on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a wonderful social network that helps connect professionals to others in their field. As far as a networking tool, it is incredibly useful. However, just because you would like to connect with others of similar interest does not mean you want everyone to know your every move. Being that LinkedIn uses your activities…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Online Privacy: What Are You Doing About It?

There is a lot of talk about online privacy and identify theft, but who is doing something about it? Most adults are aware they need to protect personal information online, but unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes.  Only 38% of adults said they were “aware of ways to limit how much information websites can collect about them” in…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

iKeepSafe plays a pivotal role in Data Privacy Day 2013

iKeepSafe joined others around the globe and celebrated Data Privacy Day earlier this week. The day’s theme was respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust, and actually lasted for two days—not just one. iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock spoke on the second day of the event, focusing her remarks on how individuals are emotionally…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

COPPA, Parents and Personal Information

“We give up massive amounts of personal data on a daily basis,” says Liz Gannes of The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital. Do you know what products, services, and apps know about you or your children?  Do you know what personal information is being collected, analyzed and shared? Such questions and concerns are behind…Continue Reading

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Student Social Security numbers continue to be vulnerable to a security breach

According to, in 2012 alone over 1,503,851 educational institutions have had sensitive information breached, hacked, or stolen. In 2011, 572,975 records were breached, hacked, or stolen. This concerning information should be a high priority for all school districts. Rick Carlson, President of Panda Security US stated, “While the Internet is an invaluable tool for…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy

Sgrouples for Privacy?

Many people have a love / hate relationship with Facebook.  They feel like their personal business is all over the place, but if they choose not to place their personal business all over the place, they then feel left out. While some people have actually taken the leap and deactivated their Facebook accounts, most of…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

How to Incite a 7th Grade Uprising

Try this… stand in front of a roomful of 12 and 13-year olds and deliver the following announcement: “Class, a team of researchers will be coming to your school tomorrow to monitor your every move. These observers will record where you go (including the restroom, lunch area, playground, etc.), how long you spend there, whom…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Spokeo is Down, but Not Out

A company called Spokeo has recently become the first online data aggregator to be fined by the Federal Trade Commission for their online activities. Spokeo is a website known as an online data aggregator and has been the target of many privacy advocates for some time now.  The site compiles information found throughout the web…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyber Safety, Privacy, Social Networking

Parents: Are your online posts too revealing?

The internet can be a wonderful tool for social connections. But do you know enough about online privacy? Do you “overshare” in posts? A surprising study by “Reputation Management and Social Media” in 2010 revealed that adults are more likely to post revealing information than children or teens.  Parents scrutinize, chastise, and teach the youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy, Social Networking

Microsoft Helps Combat Child Pornography

One of the most disturbing crimes of our day is child pornography. It is a significant problem that can be seen in the rise of arrests and the proliferation of content available on Internet. High profile cases exist in recent months, including the arrest of a University of Utah professor while flying Delta Air Lines.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy, Social Networking

Blogger Beware: Privacy and Other Considerations for the Social Media User

I love blogging.  I blog at work and I blog at home, and I appreciate how blogging and other social media use can be tremendously beneficial, especially within the educational setting.  With any type of social media use, however, one of my primary concerns has always been privacy, particularly when minors and students are involved.…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

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