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Weekly News Digest

December 3, 2015 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EFF Brings Awareness to Google Privacy Practices

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google for collecting and mining students’ personal data, such as their internet searches. EFF launched the Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy campaign to raise awareness about the privacy risks involved with school-supplied electronic devices and software such as Google’s Chromebooks. For example, EFF found that Chrome’s Sync feature is enabled by default on Chromebooks, which allows Google to track, store, and mine information for non-advertising purposes.

“Despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students’ browsing data and other information, and uses it for the company’s own purposes. Making such promises and failing to live up to them is a violation of FTC rules against unfair and deceptive business practices,” says Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney at EFF. “Minors shouldn’t be tracked or used as guinea pigs, with their data treated as a profit center. If Google wants to use students’ data to ‘improve Google products,’ then it needs to get express consent from parents.”

For more information, read the press release.

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