Ban Proctorio from University of TN-Chattanooga

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Proctorio is a complete invasion of students' privacy and should not be required to be used in order to take a class or an exam at UTC.

Proctorio makes you scan your room and surroundings and tracks your eye and head movements. Here is a list of other things that proctorio gets permission to use after you install the extension (Taken directly from the Proctorio extension page): 

-READ AND CHANGE ALL YOUR DATA ON THE WEBSITES YOU VISIT

-CAPTURE THE CONTENT OF YOUR SCREEN

-MANAGE YOUR DOWNLOADS

-MANAGE YOUR APPS, EXTENSIONS, AND THEMES

-DISPLAY NOTIFICATIONS 

-MODIFY DATA YOU COPY AND PASTE

-IDENTIFY AND EJECT STORAGE DEVICES

-CHANGE YOUR PRIVACY-RELATED SETTINGS 

 

Proctorio claims to keep all information safe and doesn't store or share anything but that is simply not true. Proctorio actually keeps recordings and data on a cloud for up to 30 days after they have been collected. Many universities such as UC-Berkeley have already banned this software because it is a violation of student rights. A blatant violation of a student's privacy has already happened! Read more about that here: https://the-peak.ca/2020/07/proctorio-faces-backlash-after-ceo-breaches-privacy-of-ubc-student/

 

Other fun articles from reputable news sources that question the ethical and legal concerns around Proctorio: 

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/01/online-proctoring-college-exams-coronavirus/

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/seanlawson/2020/04/24/are-schools-forcing-students-to-install-spyware-that-invades-their-privacy-as-a-result-of-the-coronavirus-lockdown/#4be4d2dd638d

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/us/online-testing-cheating-universities-coronavirus.html

 

Please sign this petition to bring this issue to the attention of the decision-makers of UTC!