Missouri School District Is Storing Personal Info On Families On Google Drive

A family claims that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system’s Google Drive without their permission.

When will people wake up to realize that to any government agency, even something as incidental as the local school board, you are nothing but a little blip? All that really matters is that they have everything on you that they need at the few touches of a computer keyboard.

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A local family has claimed that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system’s Google Drive without their permission.

Springfield residents Norman and Diane Ely went before the school board earlier this year and asked that the district check into safety concerns regarding private information that was being stored on SPS’s Google Drive. They claimed that since that meeting, nothing has changed.

Tuesday, the Ely’s addressed the board again with more alarming discoveries.

The Elys claim that the SPS Google Drive, given to all SPS employees and students, automatically begins to store information from any device the drive is accessed on. This includes browser history, but also personal information such as files and passwords. They add that even if you log out of the drive, it stays running and recording in the background.

After bringing their concerns forward this past May, they say that despite the evidence presented, no serious action has been taken on behalf of the district.

“They have a lot of evidence and have had it since December, and we have not heard one word from any of them, said Dianne Ely. More

In response to these allegations, SPS states:

“We believe that our data systems remain safe and secure. In reviewing the concerns brought forward, no data breach has been identified within the SPS system, nor are we aware of any personal information on our servers beyond the appropriate staff and student information provided to the district. We want to assure our community that SPS will always support any investigation into allegations, such as these, in order to address concerns. SPS is committed to doing all that is necessary to keep our staff and students safe and secure. This is true for both facility and cyber security. We work with third-party vendors to regularly monitor and evaluate our procedures and information systems. We implement ongoing updates to our best practices and information systems to maintain and strengthen, wherever appropriate. Our IT Department continues to review best practices in the industry, refining and enhancing district procedures on a regular basis, while also strictly adhering to the manufacturer’s terms of use for any software or other product. We know that ongoing training is essential to protecting the security of each individual and the district-at-large. Over the past three years, we have focused on new training for both staff and students regarding how to be responsible digital citizens. Because this is a personnel matter, we are limited in the details that we can provide, but we remain vigilant in our work to protect the safety and security of our systems, in the best interest of all SPS constituents. At this time, our internal and independent assessments do not indicate that there is a reason for the community to be concerned.”

Google is an international threat to liberty. When are we going to do something about it?

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