This post is Part 2 in a two-part series highlighting our team members’ work with Choose Privacy Week. This initiative of the American Library Association puts a spotlight on issues of privacy in today’s digital world, such as tracking in online searches. Knowing how your data are used is a component of data literacy, and we are excited to feature our team members’ blog posts on these topics.
Debbie wrote with Rigele Abilock about online privacy policies and data collection on the Choose Privacy Week blog. Data collection by vendors can affect students, as they explain:
Reconciling big data opportunities with healthcare privacy concerns is the same dilemma we face in education. Instructors want to support personalized learning, instruction, and classroom management with online offerings – but the data of underage patrons hangs in the balance. Just as health profiling based on longitudinal data collection raises red flags, so does educational performance profiling. Ethically and practically, youth will always be our Achilles Heel.
Check out their post for some practical tips on monitoring what information vendors collect!
Image: “Freedom from Surveillance — Choose Privacy Week 2012,” American Library Association, on Choose Privacy Week