The incorporation of technology in our everyday life has led to a substantial change in the way we communicate and receive information on all levels and in all areas. In the online education sector, this has been especially relevant since ICT is the very foundation of the system. A large amount of information is now available to everyone on the internet, at any moment and at a very low cost. These are just a few of the advantages that people who study and work online can benefit from. However, the sharing and circulation of information on the internet also poses a privacy risk to users.
At EU Business School, we offer all the necessary tools to guarantee the privacy of our students and lecturers. However, despite all the privacy measures that can be put into place, there are some events that are uncontrollable, especially when it depends on external factors. Facing this challenge, what is the best way to maximize user privacy?
- Know and set your privacy options in the most detailed way possible – the EU online platform is completely private with a distinct account for each user.
- Identify the functions and effects of each action you do – when sharing a file or image, make sure that only your teacher or workgroup has access to it.
- Protect your personal data – only you know what you want to share online, so before you upload anything, remember that some online publications become part of the internet’s history.
- Be proactive – privacy parameters change regularly and if you don’t read the fine print, you may be accepting conditions that you don’t agree with.
Finally, another issue that concerns our students is copyright. Most online students use creative commons – an organization that releases several copyright licenses known as Creative Common Licenses, free of charge to the public. They allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. It’s important to keep track of information and images that are licensed and have copyrights. When using multimedia or written content, avoid copyright infringement by creating a bibliography or by asking for the required permissions.
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