A study by EdTech Strategies found that state education departments and local school systems are among the most vulnerable websites, with many failing to implement the HTTPS protocol, EdScoop reports. The report found that 49 of 51 states and 158 of 159 school systems used tracking software to compile user data and employ targeted advertising. When reviewed in comparison to the state education departments’ and school systems’ privacy policies, such tracking was found to be in violation of their policy. Douglas Levin, president of EdTech Strategies and director of the study, said, “Based on that review, it’s clear there’s a disconnect,” adding that many websites in the study “made demonstrably false statements.” Levin said the report suggests “a widespread lack of attention to issues of online security and privacy.”
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