Have you recently had to move your work to an online platform, do your children use learning platforms, how did this affect personal and data protection?
We live in a digital age where all our data is continuously flowing into the network. We, without realising it, are able to create our own identity and digital footprint within the network. Our personal data can be at the click of a button.
This is very common when we search for information about something we find interesting, when we visit shops for something we want to buy… but surprisingly, it also happens with the use of educational resources and work platforms that many of us, and our children, use on a daily basis.
Especially with the covid-19 crisis, the use of these platforms has been massively implemented in schools and institutes, as well as in companies.
Both educational resources and work platforms are materials or tools that are useful in a work process, as they usually appeal to the creativity and motivation of students and workers, while favouring the optimisation of learning and employment.
However, the use of these resources entails a number of changes in our habits, as well as a possible exposure of our personal data to the digital world.
Educational resources are usually platforms regulated by community governments, although each training centre can then choose those that best suit its needs. Some of these educational resources are among many others; procomun, exelearning, primary world…
A similar thing happens with work platforms as with educational resources. Public entities will normally use the same tool that dynamises and regulates the work of employees equally.
In private companies, things are different. They are the ones who will decide which platform to use, depending on the needs of each company. Some of these platforms include Jira, Confluence, Nubelo, Geniuzz…
Given the current situation we are living in, studying and working from home is now part of the normality and routine of many of us. The use of digital educational resources and work platforms makes it easier to make our work more dynamic, although this also has its consequences. Some of them are:
- Quality of communication: Although internet access provides access to a great deal of information, it is true that the quality does not always have to be good. It is important, therefore, that both students and employees have a minimum of criteria when searching online, as they run the risk of finding erroneous, false or even fraudulent content.
- Prior training: People will require prior training in computing and ICT, and it is not yet clear who is responsible for providing this training, whether it should be provided by schools or families, or in the case of companies, by employees or employers
- Investment: Equipping a classroom and working environments with IT resources and mobile devices is not cheap. It requires an economic investment by the educational centre and companies, not only when it comes to purchasing the equipment, but also in its maintenance. Computers, tablets and mobiles are delicate devices and if you add that they will have to pass through many hands, the risk of them breaking down increases exponentially.
- They can create dependency: 85% of mobile device users consider them indispensable in their daily lives.
Furthermore, within these educational resources and digital platforms dwell metadata, data that describes other data, and which makes it possible to create open educational resources (OER). However, is our private data being adequately protected?
In the following article we will tell you more about metadata and how it can contain personal information without us realising it.
At Suments Data, we focus on taking care of this type of data to ensure that all these educational and corporate platforms safeguard our identity and private information.
You can take a look at our website to learn more about this current issue and the tools we have developed to address it.
Suments Data: www.suments.com
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