The Informational Technology is becoming more efficient, effective and popular with the passage of time. In this world of technology, we use computing devices such as Desktops, Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones to save, analyze and manipulate the data. In organizations and institutions, the use of Big data is also getting more and more popular.
Nowadays, most of the colleges and schools are using computers to save the personal data of their students and staff. Colleges and Universities are utilizing IT’s latest equipment and technologies to manage more and more data about the students such as using cloud computing and other new technologies.
While it is helpful for the colleges and universities to get to know students in a more personal way and to keep record of student’s activities, it also becomes danger for a student because it raises the vulnerability issues to the personal data of students. Although, most of the colleges, Universities and the admins or counselors in those universities never give so much attention to such things, but it is a responsibility of a parent or spouse to ask some privacy related questions to any school or college in which they are going to admit their kids.
The personal data issue is very critical because most of the people don’t bother to ask these things but they make some real difference the teenager or student. I have seen many colleges using the personal data such as Email Addresses and Phone Numbers in order to make some money by selling them to other companies and in some cases schools and colleges have to share data with some companies such as insurance providing company and they really do not make clear that how they are going to use this data.
There are also some rules and regulations made by the governments in order to secure the privacy of the students and to minimize the misuse of personal information collected by colleges and universities. Although, the rules varies according to the country but the following video will be somehow helpful.
So, for the goodness of students and parents, I am going to give some examples of questions that you must ask from your college or university in order to keep your personal data really personal.
Ask What They Will Collect:
Before doing admissions and all that kind of stuff first of all, ask them that what kind of data they will be collecting from students. Will it be just Phones Numbers and Emails, or Emails with Postal Address or what it will be exactly? And make sure that you get some sure proof of that so that in future they won’t be able to spy anything else from you.
The main reason of this sometimes, some of the colleges and universities collect some really deep personal data such as pregnancy, health, affairs and things like that. So, before you get into any trouble its safer to know what they really want to know about you.
Ask How Will They Use It:
As obviously, the next question will be how exactly they are going to use that data? Will they ever share this data with some another person/corporation or organization and if yes then under what circumstances they are going to do that?
Will They Encrypt It:
This is also a good question to ask because if the college or university is managing some really big data then they will be using cloud computing for that in which case, hackers can hack into their computers or servers and then can steal the whole data. So, in those circumstances if the college or university would have encrypted the data then it will be harder the hackers to get to the exact original information.
For How Long Will They Keep It:
This is very important question. You will have to know if they are going to keep your kids’ personal data forever or will they just save and use that data for the session period only. Know that when they are going to delete that data in future.
Although, various colleges and universities have their own rules and regulations about managing privacy and personal data of students and it is a hard task to get every single true detail because they are going to tell you the truth always. But if you at least know that what they said that they will do and in future you think that they crossed their line then it might be useful for you in legal issues.