Privacy Resources

  • Student Privacy at the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education administers and enforces student privacy laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). The Department of Education also provides technical assistance to help schools and school districts safeguard information about students.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, U.S. Laws
    Type: Website
  • Teaching Privacy. This website provides information about the various threats to online privacy and how Internet users can make better decisions about their privacy. It also provides educators with lesson plans and materials that they can use to bring privacy education to their classrooms.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Online Privacy, Privacy Professionals
    Type: Website
  • The Evolving Landscape of Data Privacy in Higher Education. Data privacy is still in a state of growth and evolution in higher education, and this study highlights ways higher education, technology, and privacy leaders can develop and advance their own privacy programs and policies. EDUCAUSE, November 2020.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, International Laws, Learning Analytics, Online Privacy, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology, U.S. Laws
    Type: Article
  • The Feeling of Being Watched. In April 2022, Dissonance, ITS and the Wallace House hosted a virtual screening of the Feeling of Being Watched, followed by a conversation with the film director, Assia Boundaoui. The conversation was facilitated by Wallace House Director Lynette Clemetson, and joined by Roya Ensafi and Tanisha Afnan. Visit the event page on Safe Computing to find out more and watch the recording.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, History, Surveillance, U.S. Laws
    Type: Film
  • The Higher Education CPO Primer (EDUCAUSE) This welcome and how-to kit was developed for chief privacy officers in higher education and was updated in 2023.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Professionals
    Type: Course
  • The Privacy Divide. A section of the web materials from Fast Company dedicated to stories about privacy.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Article
  • The Privacy Project from The New York Times. Analysis, education and advice on protecting your privacy.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Article
  • The Right to Privacy — an article published in the 1890 Harvard Law Review. Written primarily by Justice Louis Brandeis (but credited to both Brandeis and Samuel Warren), it is one of the most influential essays in American legal history and is considered the first publication in the U.S. to argue for a right to privacy.

    Topic(s): History, Privacy Professionals, U.S. Laws
    Type: Article
  • The Social Dilemma. This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Film
  • In July 2022, The Chronicle of Higher Education hosted a virtual forum on The Student-Data Challenge: Sharing and Security. The 75-minute session focused on the importance of privacy protections in an increasingly tech-driven world. Panelists, including University of Michigan Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, Ravi Pendse, explored what these protections look like in practice, along with students’ perceptions of their data privacy and ways that colleges can be more transparent in how they use, store and protect data.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology
    Type: Video