Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

I will, however, say this: anti-cheating software, whether it’s plagiarism detection or test proctoring — is “cop shit.” And cops do not belong on school grounds.Ed-tech didn't create the "cop shit" in the classroom or launch a culture of surveillance in schools by any means.

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

Instead, universities should recognize that significant user issues tend to surface only after educators and students have used the platforms and create processes to collect those issues and have the software developers rapidly fix the problems.

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

Molina didn’t think much of the company until he started using its monitoring software for a business administration course over the summer and his webcam became a device to observe, record and study him during an exam.

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students

Later, when athletes at many universities were forced to download tracking apps, I have little doubt that some of them did the equivalent of “no Facebook, no phone” parties with these apps: sent their phone along to class with a friend, or left it in their dorm, “sleeping,” while they socialized elsewhere.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

UK class action style claim filed over Marriott data breach.A new class action lawsuit has been filed in the United Kingdom against Marriott for failing to protect personal data.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Home  -  Google Plus Profile Litigation

Home - Google Plus Profile Litigation

Amount of Payments: Class Members who submit a Valid Claim may receive a pro rata share of the Net Settlement Fund up to a cash payment of $12.00 depending on the number of claimants.

Many receive notice of Google+ class action lawsuit

Many receive notice of Google+ class action lawsuit

Tonight, many received an email stating that the Google Plus class-action lawsuit has been settled for a total of $7.5m, an agreement which was originally reached in January of this year, according to Business Insurance.

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

A new class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Calhoun and others claims that the Chrome browser sends user’s personal information such as IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and browsing history to Google without users’ consent and against Google’s promises that the information will not be sent.

Give Students #UserFreedom

Give Students #UserFreedom

Not only do programs like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or invite a potentially malicious third-party into the educational environment, but more importantly, they increase society's dependence on proprietary software, software that denies its users their freedom.

California Judge throws out Facebook’s $550 million settlement in $35 billion lawsuit

California Judge throws out Facebook’s $550 million settlement in $35 billion lawsuit

A California federal judge threw out Facebook’s proposed $550 million biometric privacy settlement in $35 billion class-action lawsuit.The California judge dismissed Facebook’s settlement offer saying he won’t grant preliminary approval as Facebook’s proposal gives users just 1.25% of what they could be entitled to under the Illinois biometric privacy laws.

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

Left-wing fantasies By June 2020, as lockdowns began to ease, left-wing optimism remained that the pandemic would revive state power on behalf of the powerless, leading friends to fantasize about a renaissance of the commons and a capacious definition of public goods.

Apple agrees to $500 million settlement for slowing older iPhone’s

Apple agrees to $500 million settlement for slowing older iPhone’s

The deal was several months in the making, targeting the dozens of class-action lawsuits filed against the company after it had released in a public statement that Apple did slow down older models of their phones.

Facebook to Pay $550 Million to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook to Pay $550 Million to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook said on Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois, giving privacy groups a major victory that again raised questions about the social network’s data-mining practices.

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

One company that uses school WiFi networks to monitor movements says it gathers 6,000 location data points per student every day.How anyone is supposed to determine a student's mental health by non-stop location tracking isn't explained, but the article says schools are adding "risk factors" like, um, not going to the library enough.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

The former NSA systems engineer said to better protect people from being exploited by the data collection of major tech companies, the US should have software liability laws.

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition cameras to track customers, say lawsuits

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition cameras to track customers, say lawsuits

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition technology to track customer movement in their stores, violating privacy laws in Illinois, plaintiffs in two class action lawsuits say.

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Earlier this month, Facebook got fined with 5 billion dollars.“The Great Hack” unfolds the true story of the data and privacy scandal in a narrative that is thrilling, but foremost frightening.Will they actually listen when, as mentioned in the documentary, data has surpassed oil in value?

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing “cookies” in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for patent filings from Google that used a smartphone camera to look at the expression of a user of that device in order to try to understand the emotions of that person better.

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Well, if you want to keep your identity safe from hackers, see people in developing nations open a bank account for the first time, and take control over your personal data—digital identity matters.

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Products like Securly and Gaggle, which surveil typically private online spaces like email accounts, documents, private calendars, and search histories and, unlike locker or backpack searches, can involve reaching into the documents and communications that a student creates while at home, sit on the extreme end of the spectrum of ways schools monitor and safeguard students.

Camera Above the Classroom

Camera Above the Classroom

Let alone knowing there’s a camera.” And when students from other schools asked why their teachers started collecting facial data, someone responded: “The whole country is advocating ‘intelligent education.’ It’s probably your principal who wants to add glory to his career accomplishments.”.

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

“These parents act as both gatekeepers of their children’s personal information and as narrators of their children’s personal stories.” Read: The perils of “sharenting” Preschools and elementary schools often keep blogs or upload photos of kids to Instagram accounts and Facebook pages so that working parents can feel like a part of their kids’ day.

A thread written by @cynthiablee

A thread written by @cynthiablee

Even if your child didn't install this app, if your child disclosed sensitive information to a friend who did, Facebook now has full access to that data, not anonymized.

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

In support of this effort, today we are releasing an anti-tracking policy that outlines the tracking practices that Firefox will block by default. With the release of our new policy, we’ve defined the set of tracking practices that we think users need to be protected against.

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a class-action settlement requiring smart tv manufacturer Vizio to pay $17 million for allegedly violating users' privacy.

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class.