student surveillance software

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Petition to York University

Stop the use of Proctortrack at York University

Proctortrack very simply, is a blatant disregard for students’ privacy and the security of their information in the face of “integrity”. It is invasive and a breach of ethics. Invading students’ privacy through the extreme collection of data it unknowingly collects with unrestricted access to your computer.  The extent of the information collected is unwarranted and poses a massive security risk for students’ privacy. There is an irony that professors are unable to record due to privacy concerns, but the university willingly lets a third-party company collect student data without option. Furthermore, Proctortrack is a United States company, where personal (including biometric) data will be crossing borders internationally which, under the Patriot Act, allows any and all United States intelligence agencies and law enforcement immediate and permanent access to it without a warrant. A quick look through the privacy policy on Proctortrack’s website will tell you what they can collect: “Personal Information collected through our Services may include, but is not limited to, the following: -          Name Address -          Zip Code -          Photograph of identity document, such as a driver’s license -          Photograph of you -          Telephone Number -          Usernames and Passwords -          Name of the Test Sponsor(s)  -          Employment information -          E-mail address -          Test submissions -          Screen-captures -          Audio and video recordings of you taking tests and the test-room environment -          Biometric data, including biometric identifiers (such as scans of hand or knuckles) and biometric information (such as knuckle, face, or keystroke patterns) -          Government-issued identification number (if required, or as included in the identity document you provide)” Furthermore, the absolute control this software has on your machine is ludicrous. It shares parallels with spyware, keyloggers, and malware. Considering some professors agree with the stance students are taking, York University should strongly reconsider their choices. This software is anxiety-inducing and hinders the process for exams; there are better methods that could be considered.  Facial recognition software and biometric scanners have been shown to uphold racial bias and cannot be trusted to accurately evaluate people of color. Eye movement and body movement is natural and unconscious, and for many neurodivergent people is completely unavoidable. For some, the freedom to get up and move around and take breaks from the test is paramount to success. How will this affect people with autism, ADHD, Tourettes, general anxiety disorder? How will this affect people with pets, children, or shared living spaces who cannot guarantee that they will be uninterrupted or have a quiet environment to work in? How will this affect people who do not have access to the technology or hardware to meet the requirements for these tests? How will people be able to use the bathroom? Some tests can take certain students upward of 4.5+ hours, and some students have bowel or bladder issues that cause them to require the use of bathrooms more frequently. It is completely unrealistic to disallow students to use the bathroom during exams, especially since this is allowed during on-campus exams. We call on: - Students to express their opposition to invasive proctoring software to their professors and departments, and to withdraw from classes that include its use when feasible to do so; - Professors to refuse the use of invasive software for their exams and to express their opposition to the dean of their department; - Departments/Faculties to prohibit the use of Proctortrack in classes under their umbrella, and to express their opposition to the administration of the University; - and York University to immediately cease all plans for the usage of Proctortrack for examination purposes.

Dennis Sarovski
623 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Engineering students at Ryerson taking EES612

Removing Proctortrack

It has been revealed through various articles that Proctortrack has the risk to reveal and obtain very personal information just to complete a simple exam final. Examples of personal information they could obtain include zip codes, phone numbers, emails, photos, screen captures, video recordings and history of personal employment which can potentially expose our social security number, essentially our identity itself. It has been known that third parties have been involved with the company’s software allowing to use the data Proctortrack has collected proving that these companies do not adhere by the same privacy policies that we do. The question poses what does this software do with our information? Why do they keep it for so long? Why must they cross such a significant line when it comes to our privacy? The questions that I asked were just a sample of a whole list that students had conjured up. It has stated in various articles that in addition to the software obtaining name and identification it also may obtain a series of personal information that can be kept from 6 months - 2 years. As I speak for all students we are aware of the importance it is to maintain academic integrity however at what cost? We are open to getting proctored through skype or zoom that does not give such personal information to this company. These couple of months have been proven stressful for all of us, with the knowledge of our privacy policies being potentially breached it could prove detrimental to someones mental health. Please sign this petition to maintain our power as students.

Adrian Garcia
181 supporters