Thursday, January 14, 2016

Congress Is Finally Catching Up To What We Have Been Asking - Just What Is Google Doing In Our Schools

Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to the CEO of Google asking the same questions that were posted here months ago, but concerned parents.

Here is the full 3 page letter:

Here are some sample questions in the letter (summary):

  • When are you collecting data on our kids and when are you not? It seems that Google is collecting even when students move off the educational websites/apps.
  • For what purpose are you collecting this data on our children?  You state it is for educational purposes but we have learned you are using this information beyond 'education' only purposes.
  • Is it possible to make the data collection opt-in?
  • What third parties do you share this data with and what restrictions/security exists for these third party vendors?
  • What is the relationship between Google and the school districts?
  • Does Google offer to parents an information packet on what is being collected on their child, how it is used, and why?

We are thankful to Senator Al Franken for finally asking the questions Parents have been asking MCPS with zero response (except "Don't worry about it.").

Please email Al Franken and support his letter:

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