Cross-posted on the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center blog: https://k12cybersecure.com/.


As quoted in:

Moore, E.K. “The Information on School Websites Is Not as Safe as You Think.” The New York Times. 2 August 2018.

“Trackers are as common on public school websites these days as microbes on a restroom door, to judge by Mr. Levin’s examination of 159 public school websites from among the nation’s largest and most tech-savvy districts. At least some form of ad tracking or online surveillance technology was embedded in all but one of them, he found.

“‘The price of getting information about your child’s school should not be losing your privacy to online ad brokers,’ said Mr. Levin, founder of EdTech Strategies, which conducts research and advises nonprofits and government agencies on using technology to improve schools.

“Google and Facebook prohibit collecting or sharing information from children under 13. But Mr. Levin said the integration of free social media into many school websites had still provided a subtle entry point for commercial activity in what parents might assume was a commerce-free zone.”