Students are using technology in the classroom at an unprecedented rate. One-third of all K-12 students in U.S. schools use school-issued devices. Google Chromebooks account for about half of those machines. Across the U.S., more than 30 million students, teachers, and administrators use Google’s G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education), and that number is rapidly growing. The main issue, it seems, is the fact that the education system is changing the way it treats the students’ privacy, mostly due to a rollout of low-priced Chromebooks that come with educations services. Often, they are available for a reduced price or even given out for free. The worst part is that some programs used on these school-issued Chromebooks upload student data to the cloud automatically and by default, claims EFF. This happens without the express consent of the students or their families’, or even their awareness of the situation. In short, technology providers are spying on students and school districts, which often provide inadequate privacy policies or no privacy policy at all, are unwittingly helping them do it.

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