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Remote learning apps scooped up student information and shared it with third parties

There was also a cybersecurity consequence to virtual learning during the pandemic.

The distance learning apps that schools used frequently scooped up reams of information about students, dramatically undermining their privacy and security, an international investigation has found. 

The apps grabbed personal information, including locations, and tracked the online behavior of millions of students, my colleague Drew Harwell reports. Some apps also gained access to students’ digital contacts and cameras and recorded the keystrokes of students answering math and reading questions even before they hit submit. 

The Post is among 13 news organizations reporting on the investigation conducted by Human Rights Watch and the investigative nonprofit The Signals Network.

The findings are the latest evidence that educational

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