Intrusive and discriminatory impacts of remote proctoring in the UK
Open Knowledge Foundation
Privacy and data protection
Human rights standards in the use and design of technology
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many educational institutions in the UK have moved exams online and are turning to remote proctoring as a monitoring solution. This potentially results in a number of intrusive and discriminatory impacts, including the collection of personal data through room scanning and tracking cookies, unfair algorithms used to identify students and analyse their behaviour, and data security risks.
Open Knowledge Foundation is taking litigation against a number of institutions using remote proctoring software to prevent its use until the data rights and equality issues are resolved.
To set a precedent, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, showing that remote proctoring and monitoring software should not be used unless it does not violate data protection and equality rights.