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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > EFF Accused Google of Spying on Students

EFF Accused Google of Spying on Students

EFF Accused Google of Spying on Students

Added: Friday, December 4th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The US privacy campaigner has accused the search giant of spying on students and sent a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, claiming that Google tracks and mines records of all websites, searches, results and videos that students watch. According to the EFF, Google publicly promised not to mine students’ browsing data and other information, but it does – and does so for the its own purposes. This complaint was filed as part of the group’s “Spying on Students” campaign, which also provides research into the privacy risks of using electronic devices and services.


As you may know, Google provides a suite of tools for schools and higher education similar to those available to businesses and consumers. Thus, it offloads some of the education institutions’ IT infrastructure to a paid-for cloud-based service. In respond to the complaint, Google pointed out that its services enable students everywhere to learn and keep their information private and secure. Saying that the company appreciates EFF’s focus on student privacy, Google also claimed it is confident that such tools comply with both the law and its promises regarding privacy.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims that if Google wants to use students’ data to improve its products, it needs to get express consent from them or their parents. The group believes that making such promises and breaking them violate the FTC rules against unfair and deceptive business practices.

For example, Google’s Chromebooks, running a simplified OS based around the popular Chrome browser and having very low system requirements, became very popular in education where they are much cheaper than most other computers. Chromebooks are also based on cloud system, where multiple users can log into one computer, and their data is backed up to a central online store. In short words, it makes managing users and machines easier than most of the alternatives.

The only problem is that both Chromebooks and Google’s Apps for Education suite are criticized over potential privacy violations. For example, the EFF insists that devices and cloud services used in schools must protect student privacy and therefore calls on the FTC to investigate Google’s conduct.

Google is reportedly disabling some of the features mentioned in the EFF’s complaint, including Google’s Chrome Sync for Chromebooks that records browsing behavior.

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Date:  Friday, December 4th, 2015

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-12-05 04:16:50)
damifino avatarThe EFF is fighting an uphill battle. Apple, Google and Microsoft are definitely spying on their own customers and that is not even considering big brother's actions!

Be sure to check your device fingerprints... because Proxies, Tor and VPNs will not save you! Watch out for browser plug-ins, which can very quickly add to your uniqueness.

posted by (2015-12-05 10:39:25)
eyemanozzy avatarsounds like leagalised pedafilia..........
.....maybe thats worse than piracy ?

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-05 16:05:50)
analogkid6103 avatarIt sounds like the normal day to day operation of the giant nfo collectors. I dont expect much to come from it. None of them seem to deny data mining and such. Everytime I hear of Google, Microsoft and privacy I always know that it is the opposite of it.

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