Keeping Students' Data Safe

David Couch, chief information officer for the Kentucky Department of Education, discusses student data privacy, the biggest threats to his state's system and cutting down on the information that school districts collect.

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.

States Stumble on Internet Privacy

Broad-based consumer bills on internet privacy and net neutrality failed or are still pending as state legislative sessions wind down. And the ones that have passed have been limited.

Government Should ‘Stop Pretending’ Your Social Security Number Is Secret

Cyber experts want Congress to explore different ways to prove people’s identities.

Artificial Intelligence for Policing Stirs Ethics Concerns

A top body camera company has launched a panel to explore the issue. Civil rights and privacy groups aren't totally satisfied.

What Cities Need to Know About Chatbots and Data Security

Chatbots make city services more efficient, but are they safe to use?

Uber Agrees to Expanded Data Breach Settlement With FTC

The ride-sharing company tried to conceal a 2016 data breach through its bug bounty program.

State AGs Have Questions for Facebook’s Zuckerberg

And they expect the social network CEO’s ‘full cooperation’ while they ensure the consumer privacy of users.

Oregon State Employee Moves Tens of Thousands of Taxpayer Records to Personal Cloud

The February incident shows why routine log reviews by IT security personnel are important.

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Scanning Fans With Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology isn’t illegal. Still, many privacy advocates object to the software’s widespread use since it allows silent surveillance without consent.

Recent Data Breaches Spark Debate Over 'Reasonable' Notification Rules

Some states have already moved to toughen their data breach laws as the number of incidents increases.

Supreme Court Could Limit Law Enforcement’s Reach in the Cloud

The high court will have to decide whether a 1980s law allows warrants for emails U.S. companies store abroad.

Smart Technology Must Be Part of the U.S. Infrastructure Discussion, Too

Q&A: Security and privacy issues will abound if they go unaddressed as cities increasingly install smart infrastructure, according to federal officials.

Fight Against Mugshot Sites Brings Little Success

Websites that post people’s mugshots and charge them money to have them removed have been called exploitative by many lawmakers, but states’ attempts to crack down on the websites haven’t worked.

Beyond Gadgets: Public Safety in a Digital World

In the lead-up to a discussion on public safety data, our senior director of programs is obsessed with our digital footprint, and its implications for police and citizens.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

A Federal Push for Smart Cities Cybersecurity and Privacy Standards

“There are not a whole lot of best practices for local governments,” an official with the National Institute of Standards and Technology told Route Fifty.

UCLA Notifies 32,000 Students of Cyberattack

The hacked server housed personal information including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, health insurance IDs and some medical information supplied by the students.

There May Be a Good Reason Pittsburgh Kept Its Body Camera Policies Under Wraps

In the eight categories from a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights scorecard, local law enforcement in Steel City get one passing mark.