Documentation:Privacy and Online Technology Resources

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This page contains information and resources on the topic of online privacy and the use of educational technologies in British Columbia.

Reports

Privacy and Cloud Based Educational Technology in British Columbia

Abstract: Seeking a balance between the risks and benefits of using social media and cloud-based technology, B.C. post-secondary institutions have approached this issue in a diversity of ways. All have one thing in common: the need for clarity around what is or is not aligned with B.C.’s privacy legislation.

Author: Victoria Klassen, BCcampus

Privacy Guide for Faculty Using 3rd Party Web Technology (Social Media) in Public Post-Secondary Courses

Abstract: This privacy guide was developed specifically for use by faculty members of British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions. The guide:

  • Sets out the main privacy principles and requirements of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
  • Explores the risks to privacy of using 3rd party web technology (social media) in post-secondary courses;
  • Offers guidance on how to mitigate the privacy risks inherent to social media; and
  • Provides sample privacy tools for protecting personal information online.

Due to the ever-evolving nature of computer technology and the wide range of educational methodologies and goals, it is not possible for this guide to cover the privacy risks inherent to all types of social media in all classroom situations. The guide does, however, provide important information about information privacy legislation governing faculty in BC’s public post-secondary institutions and guidance on how to apply the law to the use of social media in in all classroom situations. The guide does, however, provide important information about information privacy legislation governing faculty in BC's public post-secondary institutions and guidance on how to apply the law to the use of social media in programs and courses.

Authors: Pamela Portal, B.A., LL.B. Privacy Consultant, Sheila Cooper, B.A., M.Ed, Judy Southwell, M.A., Vancouver Island University

UBC Resources

UBC Privacy Impact Statements (PIAS)

FIPPA requires public bodies such as UBC to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for all new or substantially modified systems, projects, programs or activities. A PIA is a risk management and compliance tool used to identify and correct or mitigate potential privacy and security issues, thus avoiding costly program, service, or process redesign. UBC has developed the processes detailed on the above site to comply with this requirement.

Digital Tattoo Project

The goal of the Digital Tattoo project is to raise questions, provide examples and links to resources to encourage you to think about your presence online, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen.

Student Privacy and Consent Guidelines

A resource to support faculty in navigating the use of technology and privacy to meet learning goals.

Legislation and Governmental Offices