Remote Learning Software Tracked Kids’ Data to Sell to Brokers

Two young girls sit at a dining room table working on their computers for remote learning during a lockdown.

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The kids are not alright, and tech companies know it thanks to the data they’ve been lapping up like mosquitos in a blood bank. Programs that students were using to learn from home during the worst days of the pandemic were also tracking their data and analyzing their habits, which was used to build profiles that could bombard kids with targeted ads.

An immense and detailed report released Tuesday by the nonprofit advocacy group Human Rights Watch says that in 49 countries it studied, 146 of the 164 “EdTech” products that governments