Virtual learning apps tracked and shared kids' data and online activities with advertisers

Millions of students who participated in virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic had their personal data and online behaviors tracked by educational apps

and websites without their consent and in many cases shared with third-party advertising technology companies, a new report has found.

Human Rights Watch, an international advocacy organization, this week published the findings of an investigation conducted from March 2021 to August 2021

that looked into the educational services, including online learning tools, used by students all over the world when school districts shifted to remote learning.

that looked into the educational services, including online learning tools, used by students all over the world when school districts shifted to remote learning.

Of the 164 products reviewed across 49 countries, Human Rights Watch found 146 (89%) appeared to engage in data practices that "risked or infringed on children's rights."

These practices included monitoring or having the ability to monitor children without the students' or parents' consent,

& collecting a range of personal data, according to the report, such as their identity, location, their online activity and behaviors, and information about their family and friends.

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