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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.