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[*] Post 499976 posted on 2-12-2015 at 16:19 Reply With Quote
Google 'Stores Children'S Data' - Civil Liberties Group

Google 'Stores Children'S Data' - Civil Liberties Group

BBC News Article 12/21/15

I've C & P'ed (verbatim) about 3/4 of this article; the full article is at:

Google collects schoolchildren's personal data, including internet searches, a civil liberties group says.

In a complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said the alleged practice broke both Google promises and trade rules.

It said Google products used in schools sent data to the company without first seeking parental permission.

Google said its tools complied with the law.

Google provides schools with Chromebooks and its Google Apps for Education (GAFE) products - a suite of cloud-based productivity tools.

It promises not to serve adverts on the apps and says that "users own their data, not Google".

The products are designed to be a safe place for students to learn.

No adverts appear on the core apps in these suites: Gmail, Drive, Calendar, & Sites.

According to the EFF, the Chromebooks are enabled by default with a feature to synchronise the Chrome browsers installed on them.

No express consent was sought, it alleged.

"This allows Google to track, store on its servers, and data mine for non-advertising purposes records of every internet site students visit, every search term they use, the results they click on, videos they look for and watch on YouTube, and their saved passwords," it said in a statement.

In its complaint to the FTC, the EFF added that Google "uses [the data] for its own purposes such as improving Google products". And it said Google used the data it collected to target adverts on the non-core apps.

EFF lawyer Nate Cardozo said the alleged practice contradicted the Student Privacy Pledge, to which Google is a signatory, and, therefore, represented a "violation of FTC rules against unfair and deceptive business practices".

He said: "Minors shouldn't be tracked or used as guinea pigs, with their data treated as a profit centre. If Google wants to use students' data to 'improve Google products,' then it needs to get express consent from parents."
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[*] Post 499992 posted on 2-12-2015 at 18:39 Reply With Quote

Google is too nosy for it's own good . I recently stopped using gmail .
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[*] Post 500015 posted on 3-12-2015 at 00:18 Reply With Quote

Nothing new there. All businesses, regardless of format (online or walk in) use customer data for their own purposes. Google, specialists in data mining, would, by it's business model, obviously use the information to improve its services. If you watch TV, you are, implicitly, allowing the broadcasters into your home and permitting them to serve what they want. Using any service, be it Google, M$ or even Linux allows them to collect data to provide a better product.
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