Privacy Guide for Faculty Using 3rd Party Web Technology (Social Media) in Public Post-Secondary Courses


This privacy guide was developed specifically for use by faculty members of British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions. The guide: • Sets out the main privacy principles and requirements of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; • Explores the risks to privacy of using 3rd party web technology (social media) in post-secondary courses; • Offers guidance on how to mitigate the privacy risks inherent to social media; and • Provides sample privacy tools for protecting personal information online. Due to the ever-evolving nature of computer technology and the wide range of educational methodologies and goals, it is not possible for this guide to cover the privacy risks inherent to all types of social media in all classroom situations. The guide does, however, provide important information about information privacy legislation governing faculty in BC’s public post-secondary institutions and guidance on how to apply the law to the use of social media in programs and courses.

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