Microsoft Supports School Privacy Bill Against Google

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Microsoft today acknowledged that it is one of the brain behind the Massachusetts legislation against companies that use data collected from computers at schools. Microsoft said that the bill is aimed at Google Apps business practices. The bill is aiming to restrict the commercial use of data gathered for ad targeting, etc, while children use computers at public schools.

Microsoft commented about this matter with the below statement,

 “We believe that student data should not be used for commercial purposes; that cloud-service providers should be transparent in how they use student data; and that service providers should obtain clear consent for the way they use data. We expect that students, parents and educators will judge any proposed legislation on its merits.”

Source: WSJ



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  • disqustingtard

    For which countries?

    • Tips_y

      From the article, I think the bill is specific to Massachusetts, and only to data collected from students while they are using computers at public schools, and only if these data are used for commercial purposes. The bill is specific and restricted in scope.

  • arrow2010

    The onus is on Microsoft to prove Google is collecting the data for nefarious purposes. Google says it uses the data to enhance the user experience.

    • frankwick

      It doesn’t need to be nefarious. The goal is to prevent student data from being parsed or collected for ad display or profiling.

    • Bill

      Still trolling, huh? Did you get those psychotic mood swings under control?
      To your comment: no they don’t. And that’s Google’s standard excuse. The reality is that Google’s real customer is advertisers. The “user” is the product being sold. Enhance the user experience means better target you for…wait for it…ads.

    • Bill

      Still trolling, huh? Did you get those psychotic mood swings under control?
      To your comment: no they don’t. And that’s Google’s standard excuse. The reality is that Google’s real customer is advertisers. The “user” is the product being sold. Enhance the user experience means better target you for…wait for it…ads.