Hundreds of Online Learning Apps Threaten Children’s Privacy


Human Rights Watch (HRW) studied more than 150 online learning products in 49 countries and found that 89% of applications collect data without the consent of students or their parents. Moreover, HRW found out that 146 out of 164 applications and products sent data of young users to 199 third-party organizations, which then bombarded children with targeted advertising.

In the study of experts there were separate points about Google and Meta. Tech giants used special trackers to collect student data.

“Children were forced to pay for their education with their privacy rights,” says the HRW report entitled “How dare they get into my personal life?”.

Experts from Human Rights Watch noted that applications for online conferences (Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex) could also collect children’s data.

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