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Danish regulator against Google's policy: what does it mean for education?

A Danish regulator opposes Google's policy that allows student data from Chromebooks and Google Workplace for Education to be used without ad targeting.

Student Data Privacy: Google v Denmark

Danish Regulator and Cities Requirements

Danish Privacy Regulator, Datatilsynet , concluded that Danish cities should provide stronger privacy protections when using Google services. These services may expose children's data, BleepingComputer reports.

Danish regulator against Google s policy what does it mean for education

Use of student data: gross violation of privacy

Regulator finds Google using student data from Chromebooks and Google Workplace for Education for their own purposes, which is a gross violation of European law. Municipalities must provide an explanation of the measures they intend to take to comply with the requirement to stop transferring data to Google by March 1. Unless an explanation is provided, educators must stop using Chromebooks entirely as of August 1st.

Danish regulator against Google s policy what does it mean for education

Sending data to Google: prohibited until legislation changes

The regulator has ruled that municipalities do not have the right to submit data to Google until the laws change or until Google provides the ability to filter student information. Google uses the data to analyze performance and develop new features. Regulators see risks in using this data to develop artificial intelligence, which is becoming part of Google Workspace and Chromebooks.

Danish regulator against Google s policy what does it mean for education

Regulator's decision and re-certification

Previously, Datatilsynet concluded that permission to use Google Workspace for Education in local schools was issued prematurely. Cities paid little attention to risk assessment. As a result, the commission requested a re-evaluation to lift the previous data sharing ban for the city of Helsingor. One of the requirements of this process was to provide information about how Google uses student data and where it is sent.

Danish regulator against Google s policy what does it mean for education

Glossary

  • Google: a large American corporation developing software and providing information technology services.
  • Chromebooks: Laptops and tablets running the Chrome OS operating system developed by Google.
  • Google Workplace for Education: A platform for educational institutions provided by Google.
  • Datatilsynet: Danish privacy regulator.

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Answers to questions

What happened to Google's policies in Denmark?

The Danish privacy regulator has concluded that Danish cities must provide stronger privacy protections when using Google services because student data could be compromised.

How does Google use student data?

Google uses student data from Chromebooks and Google Workplace for Education for its own purposes, which violates European law. They use this data to analyze performance and develop new features in Google Workspace and Chromebooks.

What decision did the Danish regulator make?

The Danish regulator has decided that municipalities should not send data to Google until the laws change or until Google provides the ability to filter student information. They also require municipalities to provide an explanation of the measures they intend to take to comply with this requirement.

What happened to permission to use Google Workspace for Education in Danish schools?

Previously, the Danish regulator concluded that permission for the use of Google Workspace for Education in local schools was issued prematurely. As a result, a re-evaluation was requested to lift the previous data sharing ban for the City of Helsingor. One of the requirements of this process is to provide information about how Google uses student data and where it is sent.

Who is Datatilsynet?

Datatilsynet is the Danish privacy regulator that monitors and enforces data protection and privacy legislation.

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The Danish privacy regulator prohibits Google from using children's data on Chromebooks and Google Workplace for Education without adequate protection.
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Inform and educate about the Danish regulator's decision to restrict Google's data usage in education, specifically targeting Chromebooks and Google Workplace for Education.
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Educators, parents, and stakeholders in the education sector in Denmark.


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