Google will adapt its Chromebooks for Dutch education so that they collect less data. However, the plans do not apply to Belgium.
In the Netherlands, google will provide a separate version of ChromeOS and Chrome for Chromebooks in primary, secondary and higher education, following criticism from the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) and consultation with education co-operatives. They will collect and process much less data from students.
Data News asked Google if this adaptation is also being considered for the Belgian market, as the Flemish Supervisory Committee (VTC) has already warned that ChromeOS Analyses children’s data for commercial purposes. But that’s not happening right now.
“We continue to work with the Dutch government to see how we can deliver better products and services to our education customers. Currently, we don’t have news to share around other countries,” said Google in a statement to Data News.