Google Does an About Face on Student Privacy

It is no surprise that student data privacy is of great concern to schools, teachers, and parents. According to an article from The Next Web “Google Apps for Education users will no longer have their emails scanned for use in advertising”. This announcement was greeted as good news by many educators and concerned parties, who are committed to making technology work for their students. Some like @bradleyshear, a privacy advocate, point out that more still needs to be done. According to Shear “While I believe this is a good first step for protecting student privacy, why did it take Google years to make this change?  Absent multiple lawsuits and the investigative reporting from Education Week would Google have changed its practices?” In a time when data is so critical for improving student achievement, how can educators ensure that student’s privacy is prioritized?

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