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National Student Clearinghouse Earns iKeepSafe California Privacy Badge

National Student Clearinghouse's StudentTracker® for High Schools Earns iKeepSafe California Badge May 16, 2016--iKeepSafe announced that it will be awarding the California Privacy badge to StudentTracker for High Schools, a National Student Clearinghouse product. StudentTracker helps high schools and districts gauge the success their graduates have in college, focusing on enrollment, persistence, and completion. iKeepSafe's…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Press Releases, Privacy

Quizlet Earns iKeepSafe Privacy FERPA Badge

May 12, 2016 – iKeepSafe announced that it will be awarding a FERPA privacy badge to Quizlet Inc. Quizlet is a digital learning platform hosting free study tools and games, including millions of user-generated study sets. iKeepSafe’s FERPA badge is the first independent assessment program for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The program…Continue Reading

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DecisionInsite Earns First iKeepSafe California Privacy Badge

April 28, 2016–iKeepSafe announced that it will be awarding the California Privacy badge to StudentView, a DecisionInsite product. DecisionInsite is a technology company that helps their clients understand issues surrounding student enrollment through “decision-able” analytics. StudentView will be the first product to receive the iKeepSafe California Privacy Badge. iKeepSafe’s California Privacy Badge is the first…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

iKeepSafe Partners with BrightBytes to Help Districts Address Privacy and Safety in the Digital Era

New digital tool will help districts and educational agencies utilize technology to support best in-class privacy and security practices. iKeepSafe is proud to announce a partnership with BrightBytes Inc., along with the creation of the Digital Privacy, Safety, and Security module, a tool created to help schools foster a positive and proactive digital environment. Leaders…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Press Releases, Privacy

Latest Teen Snapchat Trend: “Nudes”

by Karen Hamilton As a mother of two teens and a Psychotherapist who has treated adolescents for more than a decade, I can safely say that no individual teen behavior shocks me anymore. By the same token, I am growing more concerned about teen peer pressure that is driving large numbers of adolescents to make…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Digital Citizenship, Parenting, Privacy, Relationships

iKeepSafe and Harvard Berkman Center Release Privacy Curriculum

Today’s youth are increasingly living their lives online. What happens offline is reflected in the digital world, and vice-versa. Because our culture is becoming more and more digital, it is increasingly impossible to avoid participation in the digital environment. In the same way that it is essential to teach our children about safety in their…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News, Privacy, Relationships, Reputation

Keeping Yourself Secure While Using Snapchat

by Cristy Koebler In the world of social media, big companies like Facebook and Instagram have become household names. But the truth is there are a lot of other platforms that you may not be aware of, ones that have distinct purposes and privacy concerns. (Note: if you have teenagers, there’s an excellent chance they…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting, Privacy, Relationships, Reputation, Social Networking

Upcoming Webinar: Balancing your Tech & Learning Goals with your Privacy & Security Responsibilities

iKeepSafe invites all to tune-in to our upcoming webinar with e-School Media: Creating a Healthy Digital Environment A Roadmap for Educators: Balancing your Tech & Learning Goals with your Privacy & Security Responsibilities Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Time: 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour Register here Technology is rapidly transforming teaching and…Continue Reading

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EdProtect Earns iKeepSafe FERPA Privacy Badge

March 10, 2016–iKeepSafe™, a leading digital safety and privacy nonprofit, announced that it will be awarding a FERPA privacy badge to EdProtect, a product of Education Framework Inc. Education Framework is a technology company that creates digital tools that facilitate safe and private student data management. EdProtect will be the third product to receive this…Continue Reading

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Have You Looked at Your Facebook Privacy Settings Lately?

Social media is a really great tool. It’s important for businesses to reach their customers, for agencies to share widespread messages, and for families and friends to keep up with one another. But it becomes a lot less great when tech users aren’t actually aware of how it works or how to protect themselves online.…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Reputation, Social Networking

iKeepSafe Celebrates Data Privacy Day with Release of New Resources for Educators

Schools don’t have to choose between privacy and innovative technology. We at iKeepSafe recognize that as an educator, you’ve been protecting student privacy for years. But new data privacy laws present new obstacles, and broaden the scope of what kinds of information you need to safeguard when using digital technologies in the classroom. In the…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Legal Issues, Privacy

3 Things to Never Post on Social Media

There’s no doubt that social media has changed our lives, and for the most part, it’s been for the better. People are able to connect with one another with ease, and meeting up with friends (old and new) is usually just plain fun. But there’s an alarming trend among social media users, and it all…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy, Social Networking

iKeepSafe Presents at FETC

Today, iKeepSafe Vice President of Policy and Communications Alan Simpson is presenting at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) Conference in Orlando Florida. For over three decades, FETC has brought together more than 8,500 education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding program,…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Gold Country CETPA Winter Meeting & Student Data Privacy Workshop

iKeepSafe, in partnership with Gold Country CETPA Regional Group, the U.S. Department of Education Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the California Attorney General Office of Privacy Education and Policy, and the California Department of Education, is hosting a free student data privacy hands-on workshop for K-12 leaders. The workshop is today, January 8, 2016 from…Continue Reading

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National Cyber Security Alliance Encourages Digital Citizens to Better Understand How to Manage Their Privacy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2016 — As our digital lives become ever-more connected, many are left wondering what happens to the vast amounts of personal data floating around in cyberspace. Increasingly, consumers must protect their personal information and learn to better manage their privacy. Similarly, to meet the needs and expectations of their customers, businesses must be transparent…Continue Reading

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Keeping Personal Information Private

Most internet users now understand that their information is the commodity that drives the internet economy. It is collected through your online actions and the information you share, combined with information the government, schools, organizations, and service providers make available, and it is shared, traded, and sold. Some users take a fatalistic view that since…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting, Privacy

Protect your Child’s Identity during the Holiday Season

As adults, there are a variety of ways that we might find out our identities have been stolen. Maybe it’s a phone call from our credit card companies, inquiring about suspicious charges. It could be bills or cards that arrive in the mail without warning. In serious cases, it might even be discovered if you’re turned…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting, Privacy

Talking to Adult Parents About Online Safety

It’s sad but true: senior citizens are prime targets for hackers, scammers, and identity thieves. Why? Because criminals prey on people whom they suspect are naïve, especially when it comes to technology and recent advancements. There’s also a long-standing stereotype that senior citizens are more trusting of people and therefore more likely to fall for…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting, Privacy

iKeepSafe Launches New K12 Student Privacy Badge for California

Independent Assessment Introduced at CA EdTech Professionals Conference San Diego, CA – December 2, 2015 — The Internet Keep Safe Coalition ( has launched a new California Student Privacy Assessment – an independent, third-party review of K12 edtech products, services and websites to demonstrate that their privacy policies and practices meet the expectations of new California laws,…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

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

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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

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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

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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: Online Security, 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: Online Security, 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: Online Security, 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

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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

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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: Online Security, 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

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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: Online Security, Privacy, Reputation

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: Online Security, 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, Online Security, 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: Online Security, Privacy

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