Edtech entrenched in pandemic risks children's future


In a report, the UK's Digital Futures Commission warns that the explosion of use of education technology brings risks to children's privacy, especially that the data it collects, much of it personally identifiable, will be entered into the heavily commercial global data ecosystem, with uncertain consequences for the future. Although schools have returned to in-person learning, tools such as Google Classroom and Class Dojo have become permanently entrenched even though they have "opaque" privacy policies and legal terms that are inconsistent with data protection laws. Where Germany and the Netherlands have banned some technology products due to their use of data, public scrutiny leading to improved safeguards has not happened in the UK.


Writer: Digital Futures Commission

Publication: 5 Rights Foundation

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