Intrusive and discriminatory impacts of remote proctoring in the UK

Intrusive and discriminatory impacts of remote proctoring in the UK

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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

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.

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Strategic Goal

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.

Media and related links

Organisation Name

Women’s Link Worldwide