A Human Rights Watch report has shown that our children’s privacy and rights were violated during the days of remote learning in many countries. The report found out of 164 products endorsed, 89% of them had tracking capabilities.
49 countries had 164 education technology (EdTech) products authorised for use by schools. Of these products, 146 were found to have Advertising Technology (AdTech) which monitors and tracks all your activity across many different applications and sites visited on the internet.
Advanced algorithms review all the data collated, which will harvest plenty to target children and influence their impressionable, young, eager minds.
The EdTech was endorsed by governments and there was no oversight to see if these products were safe for children. Many went unchecked and no consideration for children’s privacy and children’s privacy was violated.
In Australia, state governments are responsible for the education sector. With schools using many different applications and websites to engage with students during the remote learning days, parent’s signed up at no cost, unknowingly having their children tracked.
The report covers the technical analysis of the products between March and August of 2021, with many factors determining the results. Most online learning platforms installed tracking technologies. They were also majority Android-based applications as Apple products are not in high demand for children.
This can be all found on the Human Rights website “Governments Harm Children’s Rights in Online Learning | Human Rights Watch”