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Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children

Often with their parents’ encouragement and supervision, young children are increasingly relying on mobile apps—even services that may not have expressly been designed for them—for learning. While parents have an expectation of privacy for their children when they use these apps, a new study suggests that parents’ trust may be misplaced.

Of note, some of the brands engaged in tracking may be quite familiar to readers…

Schools Prove Soft Targets for Hackers

Like big businesses, schools gather a lot of data. Unlike big businesses, they don’t have many IT and security resources to protect that information. Schools collect names and birth dates, social security numbers, discipline records and health records. With this data, thieves can create fake online identities, or sell the students’ information and identities.

Schools Should Delete Facebook

According to recent research by EdTech Strategies, more than 25 percent of school district websites embed user tracking tools that report sensitive user data back to Facebook. In the wake of a high-profile data-privacy scandal involving the social media company, schools and education organizations are taking a closer look at how and why they engage with Facebook.