The first of five posts on accessible, achievable steps we can all take to regain control of our privacy.
Conversations about privacy and security often focus on technology and give scant attention to the human, non-technological factors that affect personal privacy. This post is the initial installment of ... Read more
We surveyed over 1100 applications to get a clearer sense of their support for encrypting data in transit.
Protecting the data of students needs to be a top priority. That is why Common Sense Education, in collaboration with over 100 schools and districts nationwide, launched the Privacy Evaluation Initiative ... Read more
We are running a study on how people search for information about privacy. Sign up to participate!
The Privacy Evaluation Initiative has been evolving rapidly in the months since we launched and even in the weeks since we published our 100th evaluation. We have been actively soliciting feedback ... Read more
Encryption use is becoming more widespread, and that's a positive step for edtech.
In October 2010, Firesheep was publicly released. While the subject of encryption was not new at that time, Firesheep created a user interface that helped illustrate the problem. It took something that, ... Read more
Since the public announcement of the privacy evaluations in June, we have been working steadily, and the program is growing and expanding. In the last several months, we have continued talking with school ... Read more
While education has been spared many ransomware attacks, that could be changing.
UPDATE 9/26/2016: Jim Siegl pointed out that ransomware in education has been on the rise for a while, and shared this resource (pdf download). It includes a background on ransomware, and some mitigation ... Read more
Adapting consumer technology in educational contexts carries additional privacy concerns.
Pokémon GO launched with a splash -- and an immediate privacy hole -- in early July 2016. Despite these hiccups, however, the game enjoyed immediate popularity. Shortly after the game launched, ... Read more
The organization of development teams can teach us a lot about how to address privacy and security issues.
While attending ISTE in Denver, I had the chance to meet with some of the team working on the Summit Personalized Learning Platform. While discussing the technology, I also had a chance to learn more about ... Read more
Doing high-quality privacy evaluations requires work, but the tools to do it are freely available.
Over the last year, we have been hard at work on our privacy evaluations.
However, no one needs to wait for us to run an evaluation. From the outset, our goal has been to be as transparent as ... Read more
When evaluating apps, a good triage helps set the stage.
In the interest of documenting our evaluation workflow, we worked up the following outline and flowchart that illustrates our initial intake process when evaluating applications. While there will always ... Read more