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A University of California privacy and information security framework

UC Privacy and Information Security Steering Committee Report to the President - cover pageIn June of 2010, former UC President Mark Yudof convened the University of California Privacy and Information Security Steering Committee to perform a comprehensive review of the University’s current privacy and information security policy framework and to make recommendations about how the University should address near-term policy issues and longer-term governance issues related to privacy and information security.

The full Steering Committee report has now been posted, as is an executive summary. President Yudof’s response letter should also be read to get the full context.

I’m really, really proud of how this turned out, the result of many stellar people’s hard work. It’s particularly rewarding to see that implementation efforts are underway, with each campus designating a privacy official as a first step. (That would be me for UCLA, though my designation came before the report’s completion). Beyond UC, the definitional diagram may be the enduring part of this whole effort. (I have previously used a variant of this diagram that includes an additional label, IT security.)

(Just in, this op-ed by Tracy Mitrano in Inside Higher Ed: So Goes California.)

A Symposium on Privacy and Security: UCLA Joins the National Debate

UCLA Symposium sponsors poster - thumbnail jpgUCLA Symposium flyer - thumbnail jpgOn April 25, 2014, the UCLA School of Law, Department of Political Science, and Office of Information Technology cosponsored the daylong Symposium on Privacy and Security (#uclaprivacysym). Bringing together three panels of thought leaders to discuss privacy, security, terrorism, and civil liberties, the event was the brainchild of Cindy Lebow in PoliSci. The terrific and apt artwork are the creations of Kelly Arruda.

Here are the program and the speaker bios.

Video from the event is available through this YouTube playlist. Individual video segments and non-streaming mp3 audio files are also available (audio files available on a pilot basis at this time):

Opening remarks Jeffrey Lewis, Jim Davis video audio
What is privacy and does it matter any more? Panel 1: Kent Wada, Adam Moore, Bruce Fein, Julia Angwin video audio
Can we be safe without sacrificing civil liberties? Keynote: Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation video audio
Defining the threat, fighting terrorism Panel 2: Cynthia C. Lebow, Henry Willis, Mike German video audio
War and Liberty – Civil liberties in perilous times Panel 3: Katherine Stern, Chris Edelson, Salam Al-Marayati video audio

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Terms and Conditions May ApplyThe UCLA community now has free streaming access to the documentary film Terms and Conditions May Apply. Whether or not you agree with its viewpoint, the film is worth an hour of your time. Hope to spur discussion of these fundamental societal issues at UCLA.

Watch the film with your UCLA Logon ID. If you don’t have a UCLA Logon ID, TACMA is available through Netflix (as of May 1, 2014) or through Vimeo on demand for $3.99.

Scholarly research and California Public Records Act requests

UCLA has published its Statement on the Principles of Scholarly Research and Public Records Requests and accompanying Faculty Resource Guide for California Public Records Requests.

Chancellor Block’s announcement sets the context for issuing this guidance:

“In recent years a number of universities including UCLA have received public records requests seeking disclosure of faculty members’ scholarly communications. The potential chilling effect of these requests has raised new questions about academic freedom and its intersection with public institutions’ legal obligations to conduct business transparently.”

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