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What Parents Need to Know About Google Apps for Education; Diane Ravitch

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'Google and other apps may be “free”, but privacy experts warn,your child’s data is the price.  GAFE is just one example of needing transparent and enforceable privacy laws to protect students and why schools and teachers should read the privacy policies, terms of service surrounding data collection and use -- i.e. when a student logs into their educational account, and then uses Google News, to create a report, or researches history using Google Books, or geographyusing Google Maps, or watches a  video on YouTube, Google tracks that activity and feeds it into an ad profile attached to the student’s educational accounteven though Google knows that the person using that account is a student, and the account was created for educational purposes -- despite having promised not to track students; Google is abusing its position of power.'

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