School Websites Not as Secure for Personal Data

School Websites Not as Secure for Personal Data

Educational technology expert Douglas Levin recently warned that school websites may not be secure as expected after he found trackers on the website of Pinellas County Schools in Florida that monitor the online activity of its visitors.

Levin says he found 22 trackers on the website last time he checked, despite the school saying that they will have them removed. However, Lisa Wolf, the public information officer for Pinellas County Schools, added that the use of trackers is an “industry-accepted practice,” echoing comments by other school officials.

Weighing in on the issue, privacy adviser Linnette Attai said that ad trackers should not be allowed on pages where students to homework or check grades. Meanwhile, Amelia Vance of Future of Privacy Forum called the issue a big problem for schools.

Source: New York Times

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