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Schools That Rushed Online Face Privacy Reckoning in Reopening

Aug. 7, 2020, 4:08 PM

Schools planning to restart K-12 education as early as this month are reckoning with privacy concerns they overlooked when they abruptly moved online at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some schools have signed contracts with video conferencing platform Zoom Video Communications Inc. that boost their control over privacy and security settings. Others pushed Alphabet Inc.‘s Google to add privacy protections to its Meet platform. Parents and teachers are also turning to ratings organizations like Common Sense Media to vet educational technology.

“We have to have contingency plans for everything,” said Keith Bockwoldt, chief information officer for Hinsdale Township ...

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