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Learning Genie Earns iKeepSafe California Privacy Badge

Learning Genie has been awarded an iKeepSafe California Privacy badge in recognition of their alignment with iKeepSafe’s program guidelines surrounding California student privacy law. Learning Genie is a cross-platform app that enables early childhood educators to easily create portfolios and conduct assessments with customizable early learning framework and assessment tools, such as DRDP2015. Learning Genie…Continue Reading

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Chateau Meddybemps Earns iKeepSafe COPPA Privacy Badge

Chateau Meddybemps® has been awarded the iKeepSafe COPPA badge in recognition of their alignment with iKeepSafe’s guidelines surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As part of this achievement, Chateau Meddybemps will display the iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge and COPPA Safe Harbor seal to identify that the product has been proactively and independently assessed…Continue Reading

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Colorado Passes Student Data Transparency and Security Act

New Governance Requirements Created for Tech Vendors This June, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that will significantly change the way student data is governed in the state. HB 16-1423, also known as the Student Data Transparency and Security Act, will provide for a number of new requirements for vendors and school…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Privacy

SchoolMessenger Communicate from West’s Education Group Earns iKeepSafe Privacy FERPA Badge

SchoolMessenger Communicate from West Corporation’s Education group has received the FERPA privacy badge in recognition of its alignment with iKeepSafe’s FERPA guidelines. SchoolMessenger Communicate (and its related InfoCenter app) are tools that help educational agencies and districts deliver school notifications and emergency alerts to parents by text message, voice call, email, and other means. iKeepSafe’s…Continue Reading

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iKeepSafe and Harvard Berkman Center Release Privacy Curriculum

Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Today’s youth are increasingly living their lives online. What happens offline is reflected in the digital world, and vice-versa. Because our culture is becoming more and more digital, it is increasingly impossible to avoid participation in the digital environment. In the same way that it is essential…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News, Privacy, Relationships, Reputation

EdProtect Earns iKeepSafe FERPA Privacy Badge

March 10, 2016–iKeepSafe™, a leading digital safety and privacy nonprofit, announced that it will be awarding a FERPA privacy badge to EdProtect, a product of Education Framework Inc. Education Framework is a technology company that creates digital tools that facilitate safe and private student data management. EdProtect will be the third product to receive this…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Press Releases, Privacy

iKeepSafe Presents at FETC

Today, iKeepSafe Vice President of Policy and Communications Alan Simpson is presenting at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) Conference in Orlando Florida. For over three decades, FETC has brought together more than 8,500 education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding program,…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Gold Country CETPA Winter Meeting & Student Data Privacy Workshop

iKeepSafe, in partnership with Gold Country CETPA Regional Group, the U.S. Department of Education Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the California Attorney General Office of Privacy Education and Policy, and the California Department of Education, is hosting a free student data privacy hands-on workshop for K-12 leaders. The workshop is today, January 8, 2016 from…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

Scam Alert: Netflix Phishing Scam

Netflix users beware: according to several sources, there is a new scam targeting users of the popular video streaming service Netflix. In this scam, a pop-up ad resembling Netflix’s login page is tricking consumers into handing over their personal information.  Once they’ve entered their account information, victims are told that their account has been suspended…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Awareness Through Images

Here at the ITRC, we are incredibly excited about the release of our first infographic. A large part of the work we do here at the ITRC is tracking, analyzing and disseminating information regarding reported  data breaches. This work ranges from updating our data breach report weekly to  helping victims; often we  provide best safety…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Privacy Matters

The news media recently reported an unfortunate incident in which a daughter’s Facebook brag allegedly breached the terms of her father’s confidential settlement with his former employer, potentially costing the family approximately $80,000. The incident is unfortunate for several reasons including, among other things, that the daughter has received negative public attention, which some have…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Who Would Want my Identity?

A common question that we hear from victims calling into our Victim Assistance Call Center is, “Who would ever want to steal MY identity?” They are surprised that anyone would waste their time trying to abuse their identity as they often believe there is nothing to gain. Some victims believe that because their credit score…Continue Reading

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Data Privacy Day 2014

Since 2008, people and organizations around the world have joined together on January 28th to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, it is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority in…Continue Reading

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5 Steps to Begin Managing Your Digital Footprint

In honor of Data Privacy Day, iKeepSafe Compliance Advisor Linnette Attai explained five steps for managing your digital footprint. “It’s the start of a new year – a time to look at our habits with fresh eyes, make positive changes and tackle life with renewed energy and enthusiasm.   It’s also a great time to take…Continue Reading

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Privacy – Important Tips to Consider

Starting at a young age, parents teach children to protect their privacy and steer clear of situations that may be potentially dangerous both physical and emotionally. Kids are encouraged to avoid strangers, report bullying and stand-up for themselves if they feel they are being treated unfairly. With the permeation of the internet into our culture,…Continue Reading

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Teachable Moments about Identity Theft

As parents, we start teaching our kids the basics of how the world—and everything in it—works. The Cow goes Moo, the sky is blue, keep your identity true. This suggestion may feel like it goes a bit too far, but does it really? One of the new basics should be helping our children to understand…Continue Reading

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Online Privacy: What Are You Doing About It?

There is a lot of talk about online privacy and identify theft, but who is doing something about it? Most adults are aware they need to protect personal information online, but unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes.  Only 38% of adults said they were “aware of ways to limit how much information websites can collect about them” in…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

iKeepSafe plays a pivotal role in Data Privacy Day 2013

iKeepSafe joined others around the globe and celebrated Data Privacy Day earlier this week. The day’s theme was respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust, and actually lasted for two days—not just one. iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock spoke on the second day of the event, focusing her remarks on how individuals are emotionally…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Privacy

COPPA, Parents and Personal Information

“We give up massive amounts of personal data on a daily basis,” says Liz Gannes of The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital. Do you know what products, services, and apps know about you or your children?  Do you know what personal information is being collected, analyzed and shared? Such questions and concerns are behind…Continue Reading

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Student Social Security numbers continue to be vulnerable to a security breach

According to, in 2012 alone over 1,503,851 educational institutions have had sensitive information breached, hacked, or stolen. In 2011, 572,975 records were breached, hacked, or stolen. This concerning information should be a high priority for all school districts. Rick Carlson, President of Panda Security US stated, “While the Internet is an invaluable tool for…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Sgrouples for Privacy?

Many people have a love / hate relationship with Facebook.  They feel like their personal business is all over the place, but if they choose not to place their personal business all over the place, they then feel left out. While some people have actually taken the leap and deactivated their Facebook accounts, most of…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

How to Incite a 7th Grade Uprising

Try this… stand in front of a roomful of 12 and 13-year olds and deliver the following announcement: “Class, a team of researchers will be coming to your school tomorrow to monitor your every move. These observers will record where you go (including the restroom, lunch area, playground, etc.), how long you spend there, whom…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Parents: Are your online posts too revealing?

The internet can be a wonderful tool for social connections. But do you know enough about online privacy? Do you “overshare” in posts? A surprising study by “Reputation Management and Social Media” in 2010 revealed that adults are more likely to post revealing information than children or teens.  Parents scrutinize, chastise, and teach the youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy, Social Networking

Microsoft Helps Combat Child Pornography

One of the most disturbing crimes of our day is child pornography. It is a significant problem that can be seen in the rise of arrests and the proliferation of content available on Internet. High profile cases exist in recent months, including the arrest of a University of Utah professor while flying Delta Air Lines.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy, Social Networking

Blogger Beware: Privacy and Other Considerations for the Social Media User

I love blogging.  I blog at work and I blog at home, and I appreciate how blogging and other social media use can be tremendously beneficial, especially within the educational setting.  With any type of social media use, however, one of my primary concerns has always been privacy, particularly when minors and students are involved.…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Indications Your Child is a Victim of Identity Theft

There are so many things that a parent is afraid of when they have a child. The world is a scary place and there are so many things that they need to protect their children from.  One thing that parents don’t often think of helping their children avoid is identity theft.  Many believe that a…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting, Privacy

Data Privacy Day

Although we’ve been celebrating all week, today is the official Data Privacy Day—a day set apart to promote awareness about privacy practices and protecting personal information online. iKeepSafe created several new resources in honor of Data Privacy Day, including: 2012 Data Privacy Roadmap Press Release (includes list of last year’s major privacy breaches) Data Privacy…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Privacy, Videos

FACEBOOK, ANDROID, GOOGLE+ …. What do they know that you don’t know they know?

Over 40 countries around the world are celebrating Data Privacy Day this week to raise awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared. Their goal is to enable individuals to protect their personal information. This week’s iKeepCurrent—complete with lessons, learning activities, professional development, parent tips, and additional resources—is based primarily…Continue Reading

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New Yahoo! Survey Results Suggest That Kids Care More about Privacy Than We Give Them Credit For

At Yahoo!, we have always stressed the importance of educating and empowering our kids with tools to navigate the Web more safely. The results of the 2nd Annual Online Safety Survey by Yahoo! and Ipsos (an independent market research company) indicate a heightened awareness on the part of both parents and kids around the need…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Poll Shows More Email and Facebook Pages are Being Hacked

Privacy continues to be a hot topic these days, especially as more and more teenagers hack into each other’s email accounts and profile pages. While many teens consider this just to be a harmless prank, the Associated Press reports that 46% of those who have been victims were upset by it. Additionally, these type of…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Redefine privacy? Really?

I have read numerous articles suggesting that Facebook along with other social networking sites are redefining privacy.  If we are suggesting redefining privacy, perhaps we are using the wrong term altogether. How can one be private on a platform made for sharing? It’s the expectation of privacy on a public platform that’s causing the problem.…Continue Reading

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Protecting Your Teen from Online Impersonation

Across the country, educators and law enforcement officials are beginning to wake up to the risks of cyberbullying. However, despite new laws and policies aimed at preventing bullying, the surest way to protect your children from anonymous attackers is still to talk with them and make sure they’re taking smart proactive steps to secure their…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Parenting, Privacy

New Website: Application Privacy

As a member of AT&T’s Consumer Advisory Board, Marsali Hancock, CEO and President of iKeepSafe, attended the recent advisory board meeting. In addition to participating in discussions and sharing her expertise concerning the digital world, she learned about—a new website and powerful resource for those seeking more information about online privacy. Below is a…Continue Reading

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Three Tips to Minimize the Impact of a Privacy Breach

By Rob Frappier  Rob Frappier is community manager for, a business specializing in personal privacy and online reputation management services.  If there were ever a time to reconsider your feelings on online privacy, last month was it. April saw multiple wide-scale data breaches, some of which have continued to cause problems weeks later. First,…Continue Reading

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The Scoop on Using Unsecured Wireless Internet Connections

By Kristy Philippi Image credit: Kristy Philippi, Ph.D. is an education consultant specializing in educational technology. She was the founding principal of Louisiana’s first public school where every student was issued and used a laptop in a business-like environment. Dr. Philippi has been recognized by a number of organizations for her innovation and leadership…Continue Reading

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Facebook’s New Safety Features

By Rob Frappier Rob Frappier is community manager for, a business specializing in personal privacy and online reputation management services. This week, Facebook rolled out several new Internet safety features aimed at improving user security and decreasing cyberbullying. To better understand how these new tools can help you protect you and your children’s privacy…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Blurring the Lines between Public and Private Spaces

By Belinha S. De Abreu, PhD. Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a media literacy educator and an assistant teaching professor at Drexel University. Her research interests include media literacy education, new media, visual and information literacy, global perspectives, critical thinking, teacher training, and the impact of learning as a result of media and technology…Continue Reading

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BBC Video About E-Impersonation Laws

More News Considering the  Recently Passed Impersonation Laws A few days ago, we posted about the recently passed California laws that make e-impersonation illegal. Since then, we have learned of an interview CEO Michael Fertik did with BBC on this topic in August of 2010.    During this interview, Michael Fertik argues that, “E-impersonation…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Reputation

New Law in California Makes Online Impersonation Illegal

  Illegal to Impersonate Others Online On Saturday, January 1, 2011, a law, which makes online or electronic impersonation a misdemeanor crime punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail, was passed in California. We are optimistic that this bill, known as SB-1411, will indeed make online reputation management more effective.…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Privacy

Facebook Apps Sharing Your Personal Information?

A Wall Street Journal Report Says Yes Even with your web privacy settings as tight as can be, your information is never truly private. This is a fact we frequently repeat at iKeepSafe, and a recent Wall Street Journal report shows this is also true on Facebook. The Journal reports that many popular Facebook apps…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Don’t Get Hooked by Online Phishing Scams

Photo credit: ToastyKen via Flickr. See CC license. by Linda McCarthy When iKeepSafe President Marsali Hancock received an email from her cousin, she opened the email right away. As soon as she read the first line, she knew it was a phishing attack. How did she know?As a security savvy Internet user, Marsali knew what…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Facebook: If You Have Privacy Concerns, Don’t Share

VP for Public Policy Elliot Schrage Answers Questions on NY Times Blog “If you’re not comfortable sharing, don’t.” Those are the words of Facebook’s Vice President for Public Policy Elliot Schrage yesterday on the New York Times Technology blog. Schrage posted a series of answers to readers’ questions about Facebook privacy issues. Controversy has swirled…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

NY Senator Schumer Asks FTC to Issue Privacy Guidelines for SNS

Photo courtesy Know How to Manage Your Privacy Settings On Sunday U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D), New York, asked the Federal Trade Commission to issue guidelines about how social networking sites can use and distribute information submitted by online users (WABC TV, New York). Much of the hubbub can be attributed to the adjustments…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Privacy

Marsali Hancock Participates in Microsoft Online Privacy Briefing

Featured Speaker was Brendon Lynch iKeepSafe President Marsali Hancock attended Microsoft’s “Online Privacy — The Current and Future State of Play” briefing yesterday in Washington, D.C. The featured speaker was Brendon Lynch, Senior Director, Privacy Strategy for Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. Mr. Lynch discussed Microsoft’s approach to privacy, cloud computing and behavioral advertising. “The privacy briefing…Continue Reading

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Study: Young Adults Care About Online Privacy

But They Are Ignorant to Privacy Laws A study released yesterday of Americans’ opinions of online privacy contains two important claims: (1) Contrary to what many think, young adults care about their online privacy, and (2) young adults are uneducated about online and offline privacy laws. A random-sample telephone survey of 975 American adults was…Continue Reading

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Privacy Help for Google Buzz

New Video Helps Teens and Parents Understand Buzz Options If you’ve wondered how best to manage your privacy in Google Buzz, you’re not alone, and Google has created a video to help you and your children safely use this new social networking tool. The two-minute, Buzz Teen Safety Tips video was released today in YouTube’s…Continue Reading

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Arm Yourself Against Online Fraud

Illustration credit: michaelmolenda via Flickr Experts Say Cyber Crooks Will be Rampant in 2010 Industry experts forecast that banking fraud will continue to be a critical problem in 2010. This news comes from’s March 2010 handbook, which features an intriguing cover story entitled “10 Faces of Fraud: Old and New Schemes Target Banking Institutions…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

P2P File Sharing Puts Personal Information at Risk

Photo illustration credit: ~Aphrodyte Parents Need to Understand and Teach Children Dangers of P2P A recent revelation from the Federal Trade Commission tells us that personal information was shared from the computer networks of nearly 100 organizations. They also said this information is accessible on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks, and thus available for all users…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy

Privacy Awareness:

Graphic from Think Twice Before Revealing Your Location “I’m at the airport, on my way to visit Mom and Dad for a week.” You’ve probably read countless status updates on Twitter or Facebook that sound something like this. Seems harmless enough, right? Not exactly. A new website, illustrates just how simple it is…Continue Reading

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National Data Privacy Day: 10 Tips from iKeepSafe and AT&T

Implement This Information to Have a More Secure Online Experience In honor of National Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28), here are 10 tips from iKeepSafe and AT&T for consumers to utilize to keep themselves safe online. 1. Remember that what happens online stays online . . . forever. It is very difficult to permanently delete…Continue Reading

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