Why Google for Education is not a Good Idea for kids

Despite its ease of use and cheapness, schools should not allow access to kids’ private data by a corporation

Voices have been rising since at least 2014 about the privacy concerns arising from the overwhelming adoption of Google for Education in US and Canadian schools. The New York Times explains how Google went about convincing universities, then schools, to abandon their clunky or absent work suites for its own.

Kids are the product in Google for Education. Schools should stop.
Kids are the product in Google for Education. Schools should stop.

There are hundreds of pending lawsuits and complaints against Google’ s privacy and data collection practices in 2020. Here are articles about a sampling of them:

2014: Google under Fire for Data Mining Student Emails ( EdWeek)

2015: The EFF is suiing Google for non transparents student data collection

2017: Mississipi AG against Google for Education: K-12 data was used to build advertising profiles

2017: It is impossible to understand how Google Actually Uses Student Information

2017: Class Action Lawsuit in Canada on Privacy practices

2017: Concerned Canadian parent and IT specialist has no way to opt out to Google for Education for his child

2018: European Lawsuits under the GDPR against Google’s “consent blackmail

2019: 50 US attorney generals announce investigation into Google’s Business Practices

2019: We street-proof our kids, why aren’t we data-proofing them?

2020: New Mexico Attorney General sues Google for Data collected through its Chrome Book computers

2020: A Freedom of Information Access procedure is open towards Toronto public schools about the policies behind the use of Google for Education.

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