Google faces a lawsuit in California over whether bulk scanning of emails to deliver advertisements breaches state and federal wiretap laws.
In its filings for the lawsuit, the company has also admitted scanning the contents of emails sent and received by American students who attend schools which use the company’s Apps for Education suite. But America’s Education Week magazine says that that raises new questions about the compatibility between US child-protection laws and “big data”.
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The growth of social networks has spawned a new business practice whereby prospective employers often review an individual’s Facebook page, or other personal social media content, as a pre-screen for the hiring process.
William Stoughton, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University, believes the organizations may be committing a breach of privacy or, at the very least, creating a negative impression of the company for potential employees.
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Buried inside System Preferences on your iOS device is a list of places you frequently go—with a surprisingly useful or creepy amount of data.
By teaching computers to see images one Texas software company thinks it can stop blackmail and bullying—and maybe even upend the online advertising…
According to a new survey, more college admissions officers than ever are checking out applicants by looking on the Internet and seeing what they’ve been up to. The annual survey, by Kaplan Test Prep, says that 29 percent of those who responded to a phone survey said they had Googled an applicant — up from 27 percent last year — and 31 percent said they checked out a student’s Facebook or other social networking page, up from 26 percent last year. There was, though, a drop — from 35 percent in 2012 to 30 percent in 2013 — in the number of admissions officers who said that they had made online discoveries that harmed a student’s chances of being admitted.
College admissions officers are looking for the things you’d expect them to be looking for: bad judgment, bad language, bad behavior.Some high school counselors think this isn’t fair.
As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.
“Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.”
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Starting today, your face, name, and personal information could appear in Google ads.
I have an old friend who is remarkably unguarded and open about himself. He’ll tell you just about anything, even things that would make lesser humans wither with embarrassment.
We follow each other on Instagram. He has three kids under the age of four, so naturally, his feed consists mostly of their cute little faces.
Recently, he posted a cute photo of his young ones splashing naked in a kiddie pool. It made me squirm. Not for the image itself—which was as innocent as could be—but because he had an unlocked account. There was a photograph of his naked kids that anybody could access on the Internet. He had, hypothetically, opened up his kids to a globe full of pedophiles.
Or had he?
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Educators now have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media. Services to filter and glean what students do on social networks are being offered by several companies, including automated tools to comb through off-campus postings for signs of danger. Whether school officials should or legally can punish children for their online, off-campus speech is an undefined area of the law.
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As a teacher, I believe it’s my job to warn kids about the dangers of being online—and to show them the benefits.
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Sites “directed to minors” must abide by new law in 2015—but what’s “directed to minors”?
A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.
Though critics liken the monitoring to government stalking, school officials and their contractor say the purpose is student safety.