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Google computers have been discontinued in Danish schools

Chromebooks have been discontinued in Danish schools.  Photo gallery.
Chromebooks have been discontinued in Danish schools. Photo gallery.

School children in Denmark are no longer allowed to use Google Chromebooks. The Danish supervisory authority notes the risk of misstatement of children’s personal data.

Schools use Google computers and software in almost every other Danish municipality.

The ruling in a case at Elsinore entails a general ban on the processing of personal data with software in the Google Workspace package, unless “full documentation and impact assessment have been carried out, and if dealt with in a manner consistent with regulations”.

The regulation refers to the European Union Data Regulation (GDPR). According to the Danish newspaper Politiken, it is about students’ personal data being sent to the United States through Google services.

Denmark’s IT experts warn that this interpretation of the GDPR could mean a major change for both authorities and companies in the country.

Google states in a written comment that student information is “never used for advertising or other commercial purposes” and that the services have been reviewed by independent actors.

The Skolelederforeningen union warns that the decision will have serious consequences. Computers should be away from teaching after summer vacation.

Since a lot of teaching in schools is based on digital use, Chromebooks, and access to different platforms, that means we have to rethink in a whole new way with teaching, says Vice President Dorte Andreas to Ritzau.

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