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.
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:
2017: Mississipi AG against Google for Education: K-12 data was used to build advertising profiles
2020: A Freedom of Information Access procedure is open towards Toronto public schools about the policies behind the use of Google for Education.