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Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom

By The Washington Post

November 4, 2019

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Parents and students are grappling with the privacy implications of software increasingly used by U.S. schools, including apps that monitor students' movements—even to the bathroom—so approved administrators can see pass histories or search for patterns.

Classroom management apps like Google's G Suite for Education track schoolwork and help teachers, parents, and students communicate through email and messaging. Smaller apps like ClassDojo deal with specific subjects or challenges, such as helping teachers reward students for positive behaviors.

Privacy proponents warn the education technology sector's safeguards still fall short, with many apps continuing to sell de-anonymized data and watching users. Parent Coalition for Student Privacy director Leonie Haimson said, "Many parents are upset about the lack of privacy involved with the data going into private corporate hands and how their education is being outsourced to tech companies."

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