Dutch education IT crisis averted as Google agrees to ‘major privacy improvements’
Google has agreed to “major privacy improvements” following a threat to ban the use of Google Workspace in education by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA).
In March, Privacy Company concluded that eight out of 10 high privacy risks in Google’s productivity suite, Workspace, remained. The Dutch educational institutions then asked the Dutch DPA for advice. At the end of May the DPA warned schools and universities to stop using Google Workspace for Education before the start of the new school year.
Now, after what Privacy Company, a data consultancy employed by Dutch education IT cooperatives, called Google’s “intense negotiations with representatives of the schools and higher education institutions in the Netherlands,” the Chocolate Factory has apparently agreed to mitigate these risks, averting “possible enforcement by the Dutch Data Protection Authority.”