There are significant differences between the consumer Google accounts that are familiar to many parents, and the gSuite for Education accounts that are used in schools. Two significant differences are in the My Account settings and in Google search results.
Recently the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released Spying on Students, a report that presents the results of a long running survey that encouraged parents, students, teachers, administrators and other individuals to submit privacy concerns about the use of education technology in schools. The concerns identified include: Lack of transparency: Investigative burden [on parents and students] […]
In my work at a large school district I spend much of my time testing education technology products to make sure that they are safe, secure and private. I read a lot of privacy policies and regularly push back on vendors to hold them accountable for what their policy say and their products do. In […]
Earlier this month Bill Fitzgerald posted a thoughtful piece on potential issues with FERPA’s “Directory Information” exception among the excellent points made were that there is disconnect between what FERPA data that would not generally be considered harmful if released and how if a another organization unintentionally released this type of data (name, email, address, […]