Remote Learning Companies Creating Privacy Risks

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, universities and schools of all varieties have had to suddenly pivot to remote learning systems like  Zoom and ProctorU. The International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC), a Washington-based nonprofit found in a recent study that mobile apps are at the highest potential of privacy violations. They also found that of the 123 learning apps they manually tested, 79 shared user data with third parties. These apps shared location data, device tags and identifiers that help track users across apps.

With the pandemic has come a rush into the remote learning space out of necessity. Necessity can sometimes make privacy an afterthought, as shown in freedom-to-tinker’s article.

Read more of the full report at Vox.

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