Cory Doctorow writes:
Rutgers students taking exams are required to pay $32 in fees for Verificient’s Proctortrack, an anti-cheating program that collects, audio, video, web activity and “scans the ID, face and knuckles” as well as voice-prints.
Rutgers entered into a hasty “verbal agreement” with Proctortrack last spring, which was turned into a retroactive contract (that went into effect seven months before it was signed) in August, in which the company promised to purge student data after 90 days and email students to confirm this.
Students say Verificient hasn’t fulfilled this part of its bargain.
Read more on BoingBoing.
So why doesn’t someone there file a complaint against the company with the FTC under Section 5 if they believe the company is not living up to their promises to purge data and confirm by email? I’ve HAD IT with companies screwing over student privacy. It’s time parents – and over-18 students – started demanding companies live up to their pledges or privacy policies. And if these allegations are true, then shame on Rutgers for not being more protective of student privacy.