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Facebook's Psych Experiment: Consent, Privacy, and Manipulation

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:19 PM

This weekend, the results of an experiment conducted by researchers and Facebook were released, creating a fierce debate over the ethics of the endeavor. The experiment involved 689,003 people on Facebook whose News Feed was adjusted to contain either more positive or more negative emotional content. The researchers were looking...

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Educational Institutions and Cloud Computing: A Roadmap of Responsibilities

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 9:52 PM

Increasingly, educational institutions and state entities handling student data are hiring outside companies to perform cloud computing functions related to managing personal information.

The benefits of cloud computing are that outside entities might be more sophisticated at managing personal data. These entities may be able to manage data more...

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Student Privacy in Peril: Massive Data Gathering With Inadequate Privacy and Security

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 2:30 PM

In October, personal financial data -- including social security numbers, loan repayment histories and bank-routing numbers - of thousands of college students was exposed on the Department of Education's (ED) direct loan website. For seven minutes, anyone surfing the direct loan website could find personal information about students...

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Missouri Bans Teachers From Friending Students on Social Network Websites

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 11:02 AM

A recently-passed law in Missouri attempts to ban teachers from friending students on social network websites. According to the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act:

By January 1, 2012, every school district must develop a written policy concerning teacher-student communication and employee-student communications. Each policy must include appropriate...
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Off-Campus Cyberbullying and the First Amendment

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 1:01 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a school's discipline of a student for engaging in off-campus cyberbullying of another student. In Kowalski v. Berkeley County Schools, -- F.3d -- (4th Cir. July 27, 2011), a student (Kara Kowalski) created a MySpace profile called...

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School Discipline for Off-Campus Speech and the First Amendment

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 11:43 AM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit just issued two important decisions regarding a public school's power to discipline students for off-campus speech. Both cases were previously decided by Third Circuit panels (three judges from the court). The Third Circuit, acting en banc (the full court) vacated these...

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The Slow Demise of Defamation and the Privacy Torts

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 4:52 PM

The ABA Journal reports that the number of libel suits has been steadily dropping in the United States:

During his 30 years as a lawyer for the New York Times Co., George Freeman says, the "Gray Lady" faced four to five new libel suits per year, on average,...
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The Clementi Suicide, Privacy, and How We Are Failing Generation Google

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 11:16 AM

The tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi has been raising awareness of the profound issue of privacy and young people. Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been criminally charged with invasion of privacy for secretly recording Clementi's sexual activities in his dorm room and then disseminating the video on...

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