The proliferation of digital technology in our everyday lives means data is becoming more ubiquitous than ever. Many of us, intentionally or unintentionally, leave a digital footprint that captions significant portions of our everyday lives.
While the usage of data presents an enormous opportunity for individuals and organizations to improve our lives in countless capacities, it also presents a risk. Mismanaged data can be stolen or used to negatively impact individuals, groups and communities.
Properly managing both data privacy and security is a critical function of any university, and this function is a necessity for maintaining trust in the relationship between the school and its students.
At Degree Analytics, our mission is to improve student success and educational outcomes. We believe that data is an indispensable asset that can be used to enhance a student’s academic journey and their likelihood of success, and that it can be leveraged without compromising a student’s privacy or security.
At every level of our organization, we are committed to data protection, privacy, security, and compliance. Our platform and services have been designed from the ground up with data privacy and security in mind, and maintaining a standard of excellence, well beyond industry regulations, is our focus.
We are a vendor on the The Cloud Broker Index which is a list of vendors who have completed their HECVAT assessment. HECVAT attempts to generalize higher education information security and data protection questions and issues regarding cloud services for consistency and ease of use. You can freely use either version of the tool — the original robust version or the lightweight version. Use of HECVAT:
1) Helps higher education institutions ensure that cloud services are appropriately assessed for security and privacy needs, including some that are unique to higher education
2) Allows a consistent, easily-adopted methodology for campuses wishing to reduce costs through cloud services without increasing risks
3) Reduces the burden that cloud service providers face in responding to requests for security assessments from higher education institutions
We may process student data for analytics purposes with permission from the University. We may not sell or compromise the security of that data.
Degree Analytics complies with strict EU privacy and security standards and procedures in addition to a providing guidance to “controllers” on how to lawfully process EU citizen data.
Typically less restrictive than FERPA and GDPR, FTC and state laws generally affect standards for privacy policies and fair marketing. California leads the way in terms of guidance and restrictions.