EFF files FTC complaint against Google for spying on schoolchildren


“We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of all of our users, including students … We signed the Student Privacy Pledge to reaffirm the commitments we’ve made to schools.”

– Google for Education website

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation hereby petitions the Federal Trade Commission…to investigate the privacy practices of Google for Education, a project of Google, Inc., and to commence and enforcement action against Google.”

-Petition filed 12/1/2015 by the EFF to the FTC

Google is tracking and spying on America’s schoolchildren for its own benefit. This may not surprise you, it may not appall or even unsettle you. After all, what makes schoolchildren think they deserve special treatment? But, according to a complaint filed yesterday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation with the Federal Trade Commission, the situation has got to stop.

At the heart of the EFF’s complaint is the K-12 School Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy, or Student Privacy Pledge. The EFF alleges that Google is violating the terms of that pledge, which the advertising giant signed onto this spring…

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