Thursday, October 13, 2016

Serious privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform, used in 100 schools across the nation | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy

Serious privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform, used in 100 schools across the nation | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy:

SERIOUS PRIVACY CONCERNS WITH NEW SUMMIT/FACEBOOK PLATFORM, USED IN 100 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION



Our concerns about the open-ended data sharing of the washington-post-front-page-10-12-16Summit/Facebook software platform was featured on thefront page of today’s Washington Post. This software is in 100 schools nationwide, about two thirds of them public schools. The list is here. Two of the schools are in NYC: the Bronx Writing Academy in District 9; and J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget in District 15 in Brooklyn.
Summit is sharing the student personal data with Facebook, Google, Clever and whomever else they please – through an open-ended consent form that they havedemanded parents sign.  A copy of the consent form is here.
I have never seen such a wholesale demand from any company for personal student data, and can imagine many ways it could be abused.  Among other things, Summit/Facebook claims they will have the right to use thebig-eye-datapersonal data “to improve their products and services,” to “conduct surveys, studies” and “perform any otheractivities requested by the school. ”
Here is an excerpt:
Summit may collect information that you provide or your child provides directly to Summit, such as contact information, coursework, testing, and grades. Summit also may collect information automatically from Serious privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform, used in 100 schools across the nation | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy:


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