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Denmark bans Google software and laptops in schools

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Last year, officials in a municipality in Denmark were ordered to conduct a risk assessment on Google’s processing of personal data. Last week, the country’s data protection agency Datatilsynet ruled that Google services used in schools, including Drive, Gmail, and Docs, do “not meet the requirements of the EU’s GDPR data privacy” rules and banned their use in schools.

The data protection agency said that Google’s terms and conditions allow the transfer of data to other countries, yet the GDPR regulations stipulate that data should be stored in data centers within the region.

The ban of Google services also applies to Chromebooks, which are widely used in schools across Denmark. Technically, the ruling applies to schools in the Helsingor municipality. But Datatilsynet said it expects other municipalities “to take relevant steps” in light of its ruling in the Helsingor municipality…

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