Remote Learning Privacy

Student Privacy Vanishing

Remote Learning PrivacyNo matter who you meet, if you say, “666,” all of the sudden, they know what you are talking about. There is coming a time when every person will have to receive a mark or a number, without which you will not be able to fly in a commercial aircraft, enter a federal building, drive a car, open a bank account, receive health care, or hold a job. The technology is already in place. It is happening right now. There is no doubt that technology that is being deemed as “essential” in everyone’s day-to-day activities is invading our privacy. The more we submit to such technologies the more information we give up and the more privacy we lose. These things are clearly precursors to the Mark of the Beast.

Williamson M. Evers and Jonathan Hofer with Real Clear Education detail how remote learning companies are endangering student privacy.

Colleges and universities nationwide are failing to safeguard the digital safety and privacy of their students. At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, schools faced new challenges when they were thrown into remote learning because of shelter-in-place orders. Now, running predominantly online classes, schools are relying on remote computer access and similar applications to proctor exams online. These arrangements constitute both an invasion of privacy and a possible cybersecurity risk; the schools are overlooking better alternatives.

A wide variety of online proctoring methods is available. Common options include taking a full view of a student’s monitor, disabling web browsers, disabling copy-and-paste functions, or some combination of these.