While Google does not use student data for targeted advertising
within a subset of Google sites, EFF found that Google’s “Sync”
feature for the Chrome browser is enabled by default on
Chromebooks sold to schools. This allows Google to track, store on
its servers, and data mine for non-advertising purposes, records
of every Internet site students visit, every search term they use,
the results they click on, videos they look for and watch on
YouTube, and their saved passwords. Google doesn’t first obtain
permission from students or their parents and since some schools
require students to use Chromebooks, many parents are unable to
prevent Google’s data collection.
Google’s practices fly in the face of commitments made when it
signed the Student Privacy Pledge, a legally enforceable document
whereby companies promise to refrain from collecting, using, or
sharing students’ personal information except when needed for
legitimate educational purposes or if parents provide permission.