Breakfast Buzz: A High School Bans Homework and Tests For a Month


According to a study by the privacy enhancing technologies symposium, a majority of free Android apps for children collect private data on them. That tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

Researchers analyzed nearly 6,000 Android apps geared toward children and found that more than half (57-percent) could potentially violate child privacy laws. The study also found that more than 1,000 of children’s apps collected personally identifiable information. Collected data ranged from phone numbers to geographical location information which can pinpoint a residence.

More trouble for Facebook this time in the form of a lawsuit over facial recognition software that scans user photos and suggests tagging friends. The plaintiffs are a group of Facebook users in Illinois. They say Facebook collects and stores users’ biometric data as a part of a “face template” without prior notice or consent. A U.S. district ruled that the claims are substantial enough to move forward in court.

A high school in Sweden banned homework and tests for the month of April in a bid to reduce student stress. As you might expect, the students say they’re loving it and reaction from parents has also been positive. If all goes well with the one-month trial phase, the school plans to introduce a full-time ban on homework and tests in 2019. 

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