January 22, 2020

Digital Privacy: “Majority of Virginia Commonwealth University Students Refuse To Participate in Wi-Fi Tracking Program”

From Muckrock:

Nearly 60 percent of the 4,047 students targeted for a Virginia Commonwealth University Wi-Fi tracking pilot program refused to participate, according to documents released by VCU.

The university began tracking attendance through the Wi-Fi on students’ phones and other devices in November after entering a $96,000, one-year agreement with vendor Degree Analytics.

VCU is using the software as part of a pilot program called RAM Attend. Three sections of freshmen and sophomore students were slated for inclusion. Of those, 2,414 opted out through a webpage offered by the university, leaving 1,633 students whose Wi-Fi signal could be tracked through any device used to register with VCU’s wireless network.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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