Link: “Investigation reveals tracking by EdTech of millions of Australian school students during COVID lockdowns

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-25/investigation-reveals-educational-tech-tracking-children-data/101091808

The global advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) analysed 164 educational apps and websites used in 49 countries, running tests on the code and attempting to track where the data of hundreds of millions of children worldwide ended up.

The HRW findings show that 89 per cent of the educational technology, or “EdTech”, products used globally could put children’s privacy at risk.

Despite international privacy obligations, the products requested access to students’ contacts and locations and monitored their keystrokes. The data was sent to nearly 200 ad-technology companies.

Parents and schools had little choice but to adopt these products to ensure their children kept up with classmates. Opting out could mean repeating a year.

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