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A day in the life of a data mined kid – report

Adrienne Hill: “Education, like pretty much everything else in our lives these days, is driven by data. Our childrens’ data. A whole lot of it. Nearly everything they do at school can be — and often is — recorded and tracked, and parents don’t always know what information is being collected, where it’s going, or how it’s being used. The story begins at the bus stop. Your child swipes his ID card and climbs on the bus. The card may contain an RFID or  radio frequency identification chip, which lets the school know when he gets on and off the bus. In some school districts, parents will get text alerts, letting them know their child arrived safely to school. The bus technology is presented as a way to keep children safer. “The data collection begins even before he steps into the school,” says Khaliah Barnes, director of the Student Privacy Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. And, says Barnes, in some schools it just keeps on going. RFID chips let schools track kids on school grounds. Administrators could know if a child leaves the building, or if he visits the school counselor. “The issue is that this reveals specifically sensitive information,” says Barnes. Location information is just one small part of a child’s data file. In the classroom, teachers gather data on routine things like attendance, tardiness, test scores and grades. The kinds of records that used to be kept on paper. In most states, the data are fed into a giant database, known as a “statewide longitudinal data system.” Different states collect different elements of personal student data. (You can look up your state here.)”

Exploring the Future of Payment Security – CDT

CDT – “For anyone that has traveled or lived abroad, you’ve probably noticed that most of the rest of the world has chips in their credit cards. These chips are soon coming to the United States (some are already here, and many retailers will have chip card readers in place by October 2015), and theyContinue Reading

iPhone Takes a Bite of the Mobile Card Payment Apple – Fitch

Fitch Ratings-New York-11 September 2014 [All opinions expressed are those of Fitch Ratings.]: Tuesday’s unveiling of Apple Pay is widely expected to further bolster growth of the evolving mobile payments landscape. Apple may be better positioned to succeed where other institutions have had limited success given the company’s financial resources and history of strong newContinue Reading

Talk with Me, Not at Me: Playing to Win with Social Media

Accenture, From Welcome to the Switching Economy: “Consumers everywhere have a wealth of information at their fingertips, giving them more control than ever regarding who gets their business. They know they have choices and switch providers when frustrated with their experiences. The result is the emergence of what Accenture calls the Switching Economy: the $5.9Continue Reading

Trends in producer prices between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail trade establishments

Lana Borgie, BLS – “In contrast to all goods-producing industries and most service-providing industries, establishments engaged in wholesale and retail trade purchase goods primarily for direct resale to other businesses and consumers. The PPI views wholesalers and retailers as suppliers of distributive services (rather than goods), because little, if any, transformation of these goods takesContinue Reading

The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection

Hartzog, Woodrow and Solove, Daniel J., The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection (July 1, 2014). 83 George Washington Law Review, 2015, Forthcoming; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-40; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-40. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2461096 “For more than fifteen years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Continue Reading

Facebook launches cross-device reporting for Facebook ads

The Hill – ‘Facebook is giving advertisers new information about how users notice and act on ads as they move between their computers, smartphones and tablets. In a post on Wednesday, Facebook said that it would begin allowing companies that advertise on the social media site “to see for the first time how people are moving between devicesContinue Reading

Consumer advisory: Virtual currencies and what you should know about them

CFPB: “You may have heard about virtual currencies like Bitcoin, XRP, and Dogecoin. But what are virtual currencies? What’s this “to the moon!” business on the internet about? And, as a consumer, what risks should you be aware of? While virtual currencies offer the potential for innovation, a lot of big issues have yet to beContinue Reading

Senator Schumer Calls On Regulators to Make Fitness Data Private

EPIC – Senator Charles Schumer has denounced the data collection practices of “activity trackers” such as FitBit. “Activity trackers” are mobile devices that record highly personal information about the wearer and constantly analyze the wearer’s activities, including their diet, exercise, sleep, and even sexual habits. However, it is not clear whether federal privacy law protects this personal data fromContinue Reading

Virginia has the fastest Internet in the US – Study

PCWorld: “If you want the fastest broadband Internet in the US, consider moving to Virginia. That’s the takeaway from a new bit of research from communications firm Broadview Networks, which ranks average broadband speeds for all 50 United States and the District of Colombia. Virginia tops the list with an average connection speed of 13.7 megabits per secondContinue Reading

Privacy in Online Markets: A Welfare Analysis of Demand Rotations

O’Brien, Daniel P. and Smith, Doug, Privacy in Online Markets: A Welfare Analysis of Demand Rotations (July 1, 2014). FTC Bureau of Economics Working Paper No. 323. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477052 “We compare the private and social incentives for privacy when sellers can commit to transparent privacy policies that are understood by consumers. TheContinue Reading

Consumer Privacy Organizations Oppose Farcical Class Action Settlement

“EPIC, along with a group of consumer privacy organizations, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to object to an unfair class action settlement in California federal court. In 2010, Google was sued for sharing user web browsing information with advertisers. Under the proposed settlement agreement, Google will distribute several million dollars to a handful of organizations, many ofContinue Reading