Google offers education technology to schools at a discounted price, giving students access tools that enhance their education experiences. The alleged underlying cost? Student data.
New Mexico is suing Google for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which is one of the only federal laws put in place for digital data privacy regulation as well as New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act.
Because of this, Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, accused the company of tracking students’ online activity on their personal devices outside of the classroom and using the data for non-educational purposes without their knowledge or their parents’ consent.
Because of this, the lawsuit states that students are being forced into constant monitoring in exchange for their education.
According to the Vox article, about 60 percent of schools in New Mexico use these educational tools from Google in some capacity, and on a broader scale, millions of students nationwide are using Google’s educational apps.
However, this is not the first time Google has been in the spotlight for issues with COPPA, which raises concerns within schools about their use of Google educational tools and have begun looking toward other low-cost educational hardware and software from companies like Apple and Microsoft.
Follow this link to read more about this issue: Google’s education tech has a privacy problem.