Stop online colleges from using spying softwares such as honorlock

Stop online colleges from using spying softwares such as honorlock

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Oren Kahen started this petition to college students

Honorlock's Privacy Policy is extremely invasive. It has full access to temporary and permanent cookies that stay on your computer forever and track your every move. 

It requires a completely private testing environment, which is not feasible for many students. Some students may not have a room where they can be completely uninterrupted, as most of us are back at home in our busy households. 

Others do not have access to a webcam, which would require them to go out and purchase one during the coronavirus pandemic when they should be quarantined; this seems unreasonable.

They also require you to have a cleared-off desk to simulate a real testing environment, which a few students have told me that they are not able to do, because they don't have a desk in their bedroom, they don't allow you to take it on your bed, and the only clear table would be in the kitchen or dining room, where their family members would walk by, causing their test to be invalidated. 

Frequently, sites like Honorlock and ProctorU will stop students in the middle of testing to tell them to do another 360-degree room scan or move locations. This can be extremely disruptive to testing, especially when the timer is still running.  Typically, when I take a quiz on Honorlock, they will ask me to reconnect and restart the extension about 6 times during a 20-minute quiz. 

It is understandable that when teachers are used to administering exams during class, they would seek a similar testing environment now that many classes have been moved online due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, as students have been asked to return home, many do not have access to this type of secure testing environment, and accommodations should be made accordingly. 

To protect the privacy of your students, we ask that online proctoring sites like Honorlock and ProctorU are no longer used. 

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