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Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions related to privacy of personal or otherwise confidential information

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Student found guilty of plagiarism is also academic at other university

I am an administrator of a university in U.K. A student has been found guilty of plagiarism and is facing the harshest punishment – 0 in the course and no opportunity to retake which will get him ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a job candidate if we can record their interview?

I am part of a faculty search committee. One round of our process is Skype interviews of top candidates. Not all of our committee will be able to attend each interview (even remotely). Would it be ...
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Asking my Professor to create a Google Account to submit a Letter of Recommendation for me

I requested a recommendation letter to a professor and he agreed to write one for me. However, the application (a Google form) to which he needed to upload the letter required a Google account to ...
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FERPA and confidentiality of information when university officials contact school

I have a reason to think an official from a university I previously applied to is potentially stalking me. His previous actions and attitude had made me uncomfortable. We live in the same town and at ...
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What is a reasonable expectation for privacy of exam and homework grades?

I went to a large public state school for undergrad. In most of my classes, great measures were taken to keep assignment and exam grades private. When I became a TA, I had to complete a privacy/...
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Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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Does recording video of a scientific presentation violate the privacy of a PhD student?

The answers to this popular question were somewhat controversial, but many including @dan-romik whose answer was highly upvoted mentioned that recording a video is a violation of personal privacy and ...
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Is it an invasion of privacy to ask a lecturer for details on their LaTeX editor setup?

I (very) recently completed a Real Analysis course at my university. One day during the course I went to see my lecturer regarding an error I spotted in his notes. The notes set for our course were ...
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Does the GDPR entitle students to see their recommendation letters?

If I am correctly informed, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entitles any EU and EEA citizen to have right of access of any data stored about them (and non-EU/EEA citizens such access to ...
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Is a professor allowed to require me to give him permission to speak with my doctor before letting me make up an exam?

I study in the USA. Can a professor ask me to waive my right to privacy so he can talk to my doctor about my medical condition? He says he needs that in order to allow me to take a make-up midterm ...
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How do you send personalized information to each student in Moodle?

My institution uses Moodle as our learning management system. I want to send some information to each student that is personalized to each student but without any other students seeing it. This is a ...
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Can a university provide information about a student's activities?

In the United States, if anyone, be it a relative, a colleague, potential employer, or colleague, requests to the pertinent department, in the university I study/ied in, certain information about ...
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What is actually confidential in communications in state universities?

I have been hearing things like nothing you write in an email is confidential in state universities because of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other similar state laws. Questions: Can I ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

I'm a student in Michigan, in the United States. I've just started a class for which a previous class was the prerequisite. The professor of my current class asked that I give him my grade for that ...
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Including Patients' Pictures in a Manuscript

I am going to include some pictures of patients in my manuscript, which will be submitted to a scientific journal for peer review. In order to keep the subjects’ identity and following the data ...
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My university requires unrestricted access to my personal laptop. What should I do?

I am not sure that Academia is the right place to post this, as it would probably be better suited for Law.se. I am a student in Italy. My university requires unrestricted access to my personal ...
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FERPA alternative for German universities

Is there anything similar to US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that is valid for German universities, or education system of Germany in general? I mostly concerned in preserving ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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Is it ethical to share names and emails of survey participants?

My friend has conducted a small pilot survey as part of research proposal and used anonymized results to present his case. Now adviser insists that my friend discloses names and emails of all the ...
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Why don't first-world universities use video surveillance to catch in-class cheating?

With so many first-world universities upgrading their academic buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms that have advanced technology, eg, capability to record lectures and post them on websites ...
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In US universities, how much academic information does a professor have about graduate students enrolled in his classes?

Does he know immediately (from some internet / intranet access) which students in his classes are undergraduates, masters students, PhD students, non-degree students? Does he typically have access to ...
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I am uncomfortable about students taking pictures of the blackboard, because I don't like appearing in them

It seems to be the trend that fewer and fewer students take notes in class. Lately, and particularly this semester, for some reason, I have been noticing that several students take pictures of the ...
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Should I send a letter of recommendation directly to a student?

I teach at a U.S. community college, and commonly write letters of recommendation for students applying subsequently to either bachelor's programs or graduate school. I am accustomed to sending such ...
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Does FERPA apply to university teachers when they are working as private tutors?

In addition to teaching at a U.S. university, I also do some private tutoring on the side. I am always scrupulous about observing my university's conflict of interest policy, which prohibits tutoring ...
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Is your advisor allowed to read your emails?

In a typical workplace (North America), it is accepted that all communications through your work email are not personal property, and can be accessed by managers, IT department etc. Is this also true ...
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Citing private individuals without their authorization?

I am writing about an innovation camp, which private individuals took part to. During this camp, they developed systems. I have analyzed these systems in my study, and thus want to credit their author ...
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Are students allowed to read recommendation letters written for them?

As a relatively new assistant professor, I'm beginning to write recommendation letters for a few students. Recently, a student asked me to write a recommendation letter for him. The web link which was ...
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How do I recommend a student requiring extended deadlines?

Some of my students get extended deadlines on assignments due to a disability. They are not required to tell me the nature of their disability (which may be physical, intellectual, or psychological), ...
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Is it a FERPA violation for instructor to display grades in public computer file system?

My instructor placed grade sheets for our first two projects into a "Dropbox" file system which has absolutely no access control. So not only every student could see every other student's grades and ...
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How do I keep my tenure track job search confidential?

I work as a research scientist for a tech company. I publish frequently in top venues in my area and, at the same time, I've been adjuncting at well-known universities to teach classes. I don't feel ...
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Can I withdraw my accepted journal paper due to data confidentiality issues?

My question actually is complicated. A company provided me data for my thesis. They allowed me to use the data in my thesis. But I need get their permission if I want to publish my thesis. The thing ...
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Is it acceptable for a lecturer to refuse to allow their qualifications and work experience to be placed on a university website?

There are several universities which have a staff profile page on their websites. Lecturers usually list their academic qualifications, work experience, the modules they teach and the papers they have ...
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How to politely and logically explain that I don't want to receive notification at my private social media account?

My department is becoming more and more annoying by posting everything in Facebook group, from exam results, seminar schedule, to private information about students ( telephone numbers, addresses, ...
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Forwarding Email of a future employer to my Supervisor. Broken code of confidentially?

I am applying for postdoc positions. A faculty member sent me an Email encouraging me to apply for his open position. He disclosed with me the name of two famous companies that are involved in his ...
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Am I allowed to show properly redacted exams to a colleague to determine if cheating occurred?

On an exam I recently administered, I discovered that several students had turned in essentially the same solutions for multiple questions. Before launching an academic dishonesty investigation, ...
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How to provide information about past students without violating FERPA

The instructions for supervisors of an NIH NRSA Fellowship say: B. Sponsor's/Co-Sponsor’s Previous Fellows/Trainees Give the total number of predoctoral and postdoctoral individuals previously ...
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Alma mater (USA) refuses to remove my name from public search

The professor of a US university where I graduated from with a master's degree maintains a website that he makes available for public search. He lists students that attended one of his courses, ...
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How should I address a potential FERPA violation by a professor?

In the United States, federal law prohibits professors from releasing any student's grades to any party other than the student and any party whom the student authorizes to receive the grades. One of ...
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Should I warn a professor about his bad internet security practice?

A relatively old professor from another institute "forwarded" to me, using his work email, a work-related message he had received on his Gmail account. However, he actually saved the entire Gmail ...
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Restricting details in privacy-related research to prevent abuse

I'm starting to do research in machine learning on sensitive datasets, which sometimes seems like a double-edged sword. For instance, some projects involve showing how a company/organization/...
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How do I politely ask a convenor to not publish my name on the conference website?

I will be presenting a paper at a major conference in the Spring: this will be my academic debut! The issue is that I have a permament teaching job (middle school) that does not permit time off to ...
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How to send your transcript directly from your US university to grad schools without the transcript office knowing which schools

I know it sounds weird, but I don't want the transcript office of my US alma mater keeping records of where my transcripts were sent. The reason is I don't want people I know to call the transcript ...
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Emailing exams: is it okay by FERPA?

I am a graduate student at a US university. I work for a professor as a TA. Recently, we graded students' tests by scanning them, and marking them electronically. After submitting grades, the ...
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How can I ask a lecturer not to disclose (my) grades publicly?

In my university, some, but not all, professors upload online the grades of every student and their names next to them a few days before making them final at the end of the semester. This is done to ...
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Can you present data on non-participants?

Are you allowed to present data on those who declined to participate in your study? The following is an excerpt from a study on whiplash-traumas where the authors clearly publish some basic ...
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Would requiring students to use Twitter as an integral part of a course potentially conflict with FERPA?

I'm not planning on requiring my students to use Twitter, but it popped up on someone else's syllabus and got me thinking as to whether it's appropriate with respect to student privacy. I don't ...
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How to deal with sensitive individual data in open science?

I work with governmental register data, which includes sensitive information about individuals, and therefore cannot make datasets available to the public lest I risk violating the privacy of my ...
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Is it possible to confirm if someone is enrolled at a particular school?

So I know there's roadblocks like FERPA (this is in the United States by the way), but if I already knew: Full Name Date of Birth Name of school (obviously, since I'd have to know who to ask) (...
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Can I have external people proof-read texts from teammates in a group project?

I'm attending a seminar, where we've been tasked to read some papers, extract information for them, and write an essay about our findings. The lecturer has teamed me up with two other students for ...
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Can the university you work for or study at protect your identity by listing you under a pseudonym?

Some people have reasons to want their identity protected from a Google search, such as a dangerous stalker ex-spouse. When you become a grad student, assistant professor, etc. at a university, and ...