It started with a yellow sticky note stuck to a student computer. It ended with a hacked IT system and the expulsion of two students.
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The price of getting information about your child’s school should not be losing your privacy to online ad brokers.
Often with their parents’ encouragement and supervision, young children are increasingly relying on mobile apps—even services that may not have expressly been designed for them—for learning. While parents have an expectation of privacy for their children when they use these apps, a new study suggests that parents’ trust may be misplaced.
Of note, some of the brands engaged in tracking may be quite familiar to readers…
According to recent research by EdTech Strategies, more than 25 percent of school district websites embed user tracking tools that report sensitive user data back to Facebook. In the wake of a high-profile data-privacy scandal involving the social media company, schools and education organizations are taking a closer look at how and why they engage with Facebook.
Student data privacy advocates say the storm clouds around Facebook from the evolving Cambridge Analytica scandal are a reminder that schools, educators, and students should be asking tough questions about the third-party services on which they rely.
To be fair, I don’t have a particular dog in this fight. No matter what some may say about me and my work (“gasping,” really?).
Education Week’s Sarah Schwartz writes that “questions linger over companies’ $300 million computer science pledge.” Indeed, they do.