Title: Privacy issues in educational systems

Authors: Dragana Martinovic, Victor Ralevich

Addresses: Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4, Canada. ' BAISc (Information Systems Security), Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON, L6H 2L1, Canada

Abstract: Here we consider personal data collection and storage, access control, data mining, and related privacy protection in two different scenarios: online tutoring systems and school-based educational systems. When applying intelligent agents to create an accurate student profile intended to facilitate personalised content delivery, we argue that information collected by an agent needs to be stripped of sensitive personal data. In case of more traditional educational environments within which students| data are collected for variety of administrative purposes, the only way to protect sensitive information is to combine technical security procedures with the existing legal restrictions and policies put in place.

Keywords: personal data collection; personal data storage; access control; data mining; privacy protection; security; school education; online tutoring; internet; personalised learning systems; intelligent agents; multi-agent systems; agent-based systems; e-learning; online learning; web-based learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITST.2007.014838

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, 2007 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.132 - 150

Published online: 10 Aug 2007 *

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