Intrusive and discriminatory impacts of remote proctoring in the UK

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.

Intrusive and discriminatory impacts of remote proctoring in the UK

Organisation Name

Open Knowledge Foundation

Country/Jurisdiction

United Kingdom

Thematic Areas

Privacy and data protection

Human rights standards in the use and design of technology

Current Status

Ongoing

Grant type

COVID-19 Litigation Fund

Description

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.

"This potentially results in a number of intrusive and discriminatory impacts, including the collection of personal data through room scanning and tracking cookies"

Strategic Goal

To set a precedent showing that, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, remote proctoring and monitoring software should not be used unless it does not violate data protection and equality rights.

Organisation Name

Women’s Link Worldwide

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