Will the Pandemic Usher In an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education?
from The Chronicle of Higher Education
After college students joined the swarm of 200 million daily Zoom users this semester, experts bashed the company over privacy breaches and concerns about data sharing with third parties. That prompted Zoom executives to start a three-month re-evaluation of the videoconferencing platform's encryption and licensing. But online learning and meeting apps are just one aspect of privacy in higher education brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some academics fear the spreading crisis will be used to justify accelerated growth in intrusive observation of faculty members and students, further eroding individual rights in the name of education and public health.
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