Georgia Tech shall ban the use of Honorlock in its current form due to privacy concerns.

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Georgia Tech cares about the well-being and privacy of its students. Therefore, to prevent potential long-lasting damage to the privacy and lives of its students, Georgia Tech shall not allow the use of Honorlock or similar apps/extensions until the privacy policies are changed in a way that reflects the following requirements:

  • The collected information will be deleted 12 weeks after the end of the semester.
  • The collected information cannot be sold or transferred.
  • The collected information may only be disclosed if required by law or court order.
  • Further shall the terms of service exclude the handling of collected information from class action waivers.

Reasons: During an exam session Honorlock collects prolonged recordings of the face of the exam taking student, and sensitive data like first and last name, email address, LMS user ID, and, with respect to Students, all Authentication Data (including personal information contained on a Student’s photo ID, such as driver’s license number, home address, date of birth, and other information).

These data could be abused, for example for facial recognition in surveillance software or to circumvent biometric safety system.

 The current privacy policy does not limit the storage time of data though there is no technical necessity for prolonged storage, nor does it allow requests to delete the data. Further does it allow the transfer of said data:

"As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, sale of assets, dissolution, or similar event, the Information may be part of the transferred assets.

We may also disclose Information when required by law, court order, or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency, or whenever we believe that disclosing such information is necessary or advisable, for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Honorlock or others, to the extent permitted by law. "