Information Technology

Data Privacy Day

On January 28, the United States, Canada, and more than 40 countries will celebrate Data Privacy Day 2013. Designed to raise awareness about privacy as a right and as a responsibility in our digitally dependent and highly networked world, Data Privacy Day highlights the actions that corporations, governments, nonprofits, educators and individuals can take to protect the privacy of personal information.

Information Security and Privacy at the New School

Maintaining the security and privacy of information, whether it belongs to the university, business partners, students, or employees, requires everyone’s attention and cooperation. The New School has established the following policies:

  • The New School Information Security Policy defines the fundamental principles of the New School information security program, establishes categories of information and their protection requirements, and assigns roles and responsibilities for implementing and complying with those requirements. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students.
  • The New School Information Resource Acceptable Use Policy establishes the rules for ethical and acceptable use of information resources at The New School. These rules support the free exchange of ideas among members of the New School community and between the New School community and other communities, while recognizing the responsibilities and limitations of such exchange. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students.
  • General Controls for Handling Sensitive Information establishes the rules for accessing, processing, storing, transmitting, and disposing of Restricted and Confidential information. This standard applies to all faculty, staff, and students who work with sensitive information (including personally identifiable information).

For information about how The New School complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), visit The New School’s Privacy Rights page.

Information Security and Privacy in Our Personal Lives

Information security and privacy are also important in our personal lives:

  • Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. This crime varies widely, and can include financial identity theft (checking and/or credit card fraud), criminal identity theft, governmental identity theft, and medical identity theft.
  • In a recent study about Facebook usage by a Columbia University scientist, every single participant in the study was sharing something they had intended to keep private.
  • Teens and young children using social media may be exposed to cyber-bullying, child predators, and other risks.

The graphic below, produced by the SANS Institute, provides an excellent summary of the ways in which your computer and information can be used by cyber criminals.


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Here are some good resources where you can learn more about protecting the security and privacy of your computers and information:


Questions about information security and privacy at The New School should be directed to the Information Security Office.