Student privacy in Secondary Education.


Emma Venema

Onderwerp BlogEducation
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May 15, 2024

Secondary Education must be alert to the sensitive nature of student records and their wide accessibility within the organization. Student information often contains highly personal information, such as name, address, date of birth, medical records and academic achievements, which if unauthorized access can have serious consequences for the individuals involved.

Where the danger of a data breach mainly lurks:

The risk of data breaches in Secondary Education comes primarily from broad access to student data, internal and external. Data breaches can result from human error, weak security protocols or malicious activity such as phishing or hacking.

How institutions can protect the sensitive personal data of their pupils and students:

Institutions can protect the sensitive personal data of their pupils and students, such as at the Continuing Education level, by implementing strict security measures such as data encryption, access control, regular audits of IT systems and awareness training for staff. It is also important to share data only with third parties that meet strict privacy and security standards.

How anonymizing sensitive data can reduce risk in a data breach:

Anonymization of sensitive data reduces data breach risks by replacing personally identifiable information with generic identifiers. This complicates identification and misuse in the event of a data breach by malicious actors.

Examples where things could go wrong:

A data breach at a book vendor or student portal could lead to exposure of student data to unauthorized parties. Another example is when a healthcare facility receives sensitive medical data from students without having adequate security measures in place, resulting in a data breach and potentially invading the privacy of the individuals involved.

Real-life examples where things have already gone wrong:

Educational institutions have experienced data breaches, such as schools inadvertently sharing student data through unsecured emails or online platforms. In addition, there have been incidents where external service providers, such as software vendors, have been affected by data breaches, exposing students’ personal information to unauthorized parties.

Source : Textbook provider Iddink hacked, possibly customer data leaked

How FileFactory can help mitigate the impact in the event of a data breach:

Anonymizing sensitive data with EntrD’s FileFactory can help reduce the impact of a data breach by replacing personally identifiable information. This makes it more difficult for malicious actors to identify individuals and misuse their personal data. In addition, FileFactory provides robust security features, such as data encryption and access control, to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of data even when shared with external parties such as healthcare facilities, book vendors and student portals.

With these measures, educational institutions can act proactively to protect the privacy of their students and students and minimize the impact of a potential data breach.

Here are the reasons why this protection of pupils and students is essential:

Protection of personal information

Students and pupils share sensitive personal data with educational institutions, such as their name, address, date of birth and academic performance. This information is not only stored by the institution itself, but also shared with external parties, such as healthcare facilities or daycare centers. Protecting data is essential to prevent identity theft, cyberbullying and abuse, especially when sharing with third parties.

Confidentiality of educational data

Educational data, such as study results, assessments and behavioral reports, must be kept confidential, especially as this information is shared with other organizations involved in student well-being and development. Unauthorized access to this information may result in reputational damage and breach of trust with students, parents and external stakeholders.

Legal and regulatory requirements

Educational institutions are subject to various privacy laws and regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the United States. Compliance with privacy laws is crucial, especially when sharing data with third parties such as healthcare facilities and daycare centers.

Risk of data breach

Educational institutions are at risk of data breaches, especially when data is shared with third parties. A data breach can have serious consequences for the students involved and the reputation of the institution, especially when sensitive information is shared with outside parties.

FileFactory anonymizes personal data, protecting educational institutions from data breaches, even when exchanging data with third parties. This not only reduces the risk of identity theft and reputational damage, but also ensures that student and learner privacy is maintained even when data is shared with external parties.

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