While today is the final day of our Five Days of Privacy, the strategies we discuss in this series of posts can and should be used year-round. In describing different ways to protect our privacy and security, ... Read more
As we head into Day Four of the Five Days of Privacy, we have already covered topics that include in-person privacy protections, filter bubbles and online tracking, and strategic use of email, file storage, ... Read more
When we protect ourselves from tracking, we gain necessary tools to extend our information literacy.
In this post, and in this series, we describe steps we can take to regain an element of privacy as we browse the web and find information. The steps we define here stop many types of tracking; however, ... Read more
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