Most colleges lack online privacy statements
— reported by SC Magazine
A national survey of privacy practices found that only 65 of the top 236 doctoral universities and liberal arts colleges in the U.S. have privacy notices linked to their home page, in spite of the fact that almost all of these schools engage in practices that put individuals’ privacy at risk.
As colleges and universities continue to suffer data breaches due to lax security or other problems, an increasing amount of personal information is compromised. In addition to student and applicant information housed by school databases, many institutions use the internet to process e-commerce transactions for items ranging from athletic tickets to online alumni donations.
Perspective: Universities need a privacy refresher course
— reported by CNet.com
Unbelievable but true: While most higher educational institutions engage in e-commerce, most also engage in practices that present potential privacy risks–and less than 30 percent bother posting privacy notices on their home pages.
Unfortunately, the results of this survey suggest that online privacy still is not a true part of the mission of higher educational institutions. Obviously, universities and colleges need to learn how to protect privacy interest on the Internet. Not only is this the right thing to do from a current data protection standpoint. It also sets the right example for students who someday will graduate to become leaders of this country.