Google has decided to pull out of the Glow procurement process.
This will come as a bit of a shock to some folk in Scottish education who have been keen for Google Apps for Education to be the basis of the next iteration of Glow. Google will instead concentrate in trying to work with individual local authorities to provide it’s Apps For Education package. Apart from the concerns this must raise about fragmentation my concerns about Google Apps and Google being involved in Scottish education continue. I have always had real concerns about Google and the privacy of an individuals data collected by Google. These concerns have grown over the last couple of months.
Here are some reasons
Google subverted mobile Safari’s default protections to track users in ways they did not agree to be tracked, as the Wall Street Journal reported: “The findings appeared to contradict some of Google’s own instructions to Safari users on how to avoid tracking.”
Google and personal data
What about the data Google might hold on pupils and teachers? What if I wanted to find out what information Google had collected about me then as an EU citizen
Norwegian and German Public Sector concerns.
Norwegian public sector organisations will be banned from using Google Apps after the Norwegian data protection authorities ruled that the service could put citizens’ personal data at risk.
The data protection authority said Google Apps did not comply with Norwegian privacy laws because there was insufficient information about where data was being kept.
Given this growing concern it is probably just as well that Google decided to walk away from the national procurement for Glow. The question is will individual local authorities in Scotland want to use Google Apps in Education?