School issued devices are being distributed to one third of K-12 students in schools across the United States. Hiding under the guise of “personalized learning” these devices collect and store a lot of personal data about the children without the parents notice or consent. This data is being systematically uploaded to the cloud without the knowledge of the parents.
Now there is a newly investigation that has been launched by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF). It shows that there are much more students using technology than ever before and many of them are using free or low-fee devices that are provided by schools.
The industry that provides technology to schools is valued at more than $8 billion, with more than half of the devices being Google Chromebooks.
A new report finds that, under the guise of “personalized learning,” school-issued computer devices — now distributed to one-third of K-12 students in schools across the United States — are serving to collect and store an unprecedented amount of personal data on children without their parents’ notice or consent.
A newly released investigation by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reveals student use of technology in school has grown at a profound rate, especially with free or low-fee devices issued by schools. The education technology industry, according to the report, is now valued at over $8 billion. Approximately half of the devices issued to U.S. children are Google Chromebooks, with about 30 million students, teachers, and school officials using Google’s G Suite for Education, observes EFF. Student information collected by education technology services through these devices includes not only personally identifying information (PII) – such as name and date of birth – but also browsing history, location information, contact lists, and behavioral data.
Student data is also often automatically uploaded to the cloud – all without the knowledge of parents.