Monday, 01 October 2018

Google Joins Big Government To Spy On School Kids

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From FreedomProject Media:

Google, one of the most controversial corporations in the world, is spying America's school children — without the knowledge or consent of the students or their parents. Browsing habits, personal data, and more are all fair game. Even their e-mail is being data-mined by the corporate leviathan. And federally funded school districts are willing accomplices in it all.

One of the key tools Google uses to spy on school children across America and beyond is the so-called “G Suite for Education,” previously known as “Google Apps for Education.” Around 80 million students and teachers are now signed up, according to media reports. Some 25 million now use “Google Chromebooks.” Countless more rely on Google's e-mail services.

Several years ago, the left-wing Silicon Valley giant was embroiled in scandal after being caught spying on children as young as 7-years old using the “Google Chromebooks” issued to students. Every website they visited was logged, recorded, and entered into a database. Videos the students watched were also documented. Even their passwords were vacuumed up by the lawless company.

“Despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students' browsing data and other information, and uses it for the company's own purposes,” said Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends privacy online, calling on authorities to get involved and deal with the federal violations and deceptive business practices. “Minors shouldn't be tracked or used as guinea pigs. If Google wants to use students’ data to ‘improve Google products,’ then it needs to get express consent from parents.”

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