Swedish school told to halt Google cloud service

Swedish school told to halt Google cloud service
Sweden's Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) has told a Stockholm school that they must either desist from using a Google cloud service or sign an agreement with the US firm which complies with the Personal Data Act.

“It is especially important in a school environment, where there is sensitive private personal data relating to children and young people, that those responsible really make sure that personal data is handled in a legal manner,” said Ingela Alverfors at the Data Inspection Board in a statement.

The school in question is the Rudbeck school in Sollentuna in northern Stockholm which uses the Google Apps for Education service which requires all teachers and pupils to open a Google account.

The Data Inspection Board has established that the school lacks an agreement with the US firm to cover the protection and management of personal information. The agreement would cover instructions and stipulate limits for handling data.

The school has therefore been instructed to establish such an agreement with Google in order to ensure the privacy and integrity of the students in its care. If the school declines to do so then they have been told to stop using the service.

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