27 February 2018
Google has responded to all the claims that it is using its educational software for tracking the personal data of the students and invading their privacy. In the response, Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Google Apps for Education, has posted an official blog post in which he has denied all those claims.
Google's response is against the report filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint accuses of Google of collecting and sharing the personal data of students through its educational software which is said to be the violation of Student Privacy Pledge signed by Google earlier this year. The complaint also mentions the Chrome Sync feature which is used by Google to sync a user's data across different devices.
In its response, Google said, "While we appreciate the EFF’s focus on student data privacy, we are confident that our tools comply with both the law and our promises, including the Student Privacy Pledge, which we signed earlier this year. " Additionally, Google has also mentioned and explained all of its apps and features. As for Chrome Sync, Google has said that it is used only to help students to access their data and settings across different devices. It is not used for showing targeted ads for individual students.
Google seems to be confident about his stand and EFF has also stood by his claim so far. We will keep you updated as more information will come.