privacy http://michiganradio.org en Hearing Tuesday to explore “military style” tracking devices used by Oakland County Sheriff’s Office http://michiganradio.org/post/hearing-tuesday-explore-military-style-tracking-devices-used-oakland-county-sheriff-s-office <p>Later this&nbsp;morning a legislative oversight committee will discuss a new secretive cell phone tracking device the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is using.</p><p>Not much is known about the device.</p><p>It can reportedly trick nearby cell phones into providing data to the police. It can be helpful in tracking people, like missing children and fugitives, but it’s not clear how much more information is collected and what the sheriff’s department does with it.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:41:26 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17570 at http://michiganradio.org Hearing Tuesday to explore “military style” tracking devices used by Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Michigan's public universities making decisions in private http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-public-universities-making-decisions-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When University boards meet to vote on certain issues, the vote almost always goes through smoothly with little discussion and even littler debate. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17044 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's public universities making decisions in private New bill seeks to protect students’ privacy, bans personal information on tests http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bill-seeks-protect-students-privacy-bans-personal-information-tests <p>A state lawmaker wants to ban school exams that require students&rsquo; personal information other than their name and student identification number.</p><p>Republican state Representative Tim Kelly&rsquo;s bill would also ban collecting biometric data &mdash; like students&rsquo; heart rates and eye movements.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s kind of some creepy aspects to some of the technology that&rsquo;s being introduced today,&rdquo; Kelly said. &ldquo;And this is kind of an effort to ward against some of the things that may or may not be the best thing for students.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:34:59 +0000 Jake Neher 14764 at http://michiganradio.org New bill seeks to protect students’ privacy, bans personal information on tests Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/unmanned-drones-minds-michigan-lawmakers <p>Michigan lawmakers take up drone legislation this week.</p><p>The unmanned aircraft have proven effective in war, but some are concerned they may violate the rights of Michiganders.</p><p>Unmanned drones offer a new way to see the world. The drones can help police departments keep an eye on criminals, give state agencies a different way to survey state land and even help local school administrators watch students on the playground.</p><p>But there is concern that drones could be abused.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12119 at http://michiganradio.org Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers New Michigan law protects employees' online passwords http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-law-protects-employees-online-passwords <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation into law aimed at prohibiting employers from asking job applicants and employees for online passwords and other account information.<br><br>The Republican governor signed the bill Friday sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt of Lawton and passed this month by lawmakers.<br><br>The measure also would prohibit educational institutions from asking for private account information and would penalize them for dismissing or failing to accept students who don't provide such details.<br> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:07:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10559 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan law protects employees' online passwords Win the lottery, lose your privacy? http://michiganradio.org/post/win-lottery-lose-your-privacy <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Multistate lottery winners in Michigan could remain anonymous under a measure being considered by the Michigan Senate.<br><br> The bill would prohibit the disclosure unless the winner agrees to it in writing. Lottery officials are authorized to disclose a multistate game winner's identity.<br><br> Sterling Heights Republican and bill sponsor Tory Rocca says winners should be allowed keep their privacy, particularly for their own safety.<br><br> Lottery officials say few states require anonymity and identifying winners is important to show people win prizes.<br> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 9200 at http://michiganradio.org Win the lottery, lose your privacy? Grand Rapids Public Schools discuss public comment policy http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-public-schools-discuss-public-comment-policy <p><a href="http://grpublicschools.org/grps1/">Grand Rapids Public Schools</a> is revising how it lets people comment at school board meetings. The district has a <a href="http://grpublicschools.org/grps1/images/stories/about_us/section_1000-_board_bylaws_-_adopted_6-29-09.pdf">unique policy</a> (see page 51-54). A Grand Rapids school board member says he couldn’t find any other district in Michigan with a similar provision. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:00:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 928 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Public Schools discuss public comment policy