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Are you a good steward of your data and of sensitive information entrusted to you? In observance of Data Privacy Month, NC State will sponsor several presentations in January to empower campus users to protect their privacy and to control their digital footprint. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Month also stresses the “protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority.” 

Tim Gurganus of OIT Security and Compliance and E. Clifton Williams of the Office of General Counsel will present Data Protection, Privacy and the Law from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.Practices for protecting data and privacy are required by a variety of university policies, state and federal laws, legal contracts, and industry standards. This joint presentation will be an overview of the privacy laws and standards affecting NC State students, faculty and staff and what needs to be done in the event of a security or privacy breach. The following topics will be covered:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • NC Identity
  • Theft Prevention Act
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)
  • NC State University Computer Use Policy
  • NC State University procedures for subpoenas, search warrants and records requests

These laws and standards will cover personal information, grades, class schedules, financial data, medical records, university email, and more.