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Chrome restrictions stand until Google updates its OS, search engine, and browser.
Due to security and privacy concerns, a number of educational institutions, including schools, have had to impose restrictions on the use of Google technologies, including the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy-related laws in the Netherlands are feared to be violated by Google’s software, thus the Dutch Ministry of Education has ordered the education sector to apply the adjustments.
These adjustments reportedly involve a variety of things, such as the implementation of particular Group Policies and the disabling of services like automated website translation or spell checks.
Protecting the Dutch
It is not yet known if these services expose user data to parties outside of Europe. Additionally, all data saved in Google Cloud must have Europe as its default location, and changing the feature is prohibited. Additionally, users must disable all ad personalisation, use YouTube embedding with “privacy-enhanced more,” and fully avoid using Google’s search engine.
The action was taken as a result of the Dutch parliament receiving a letter from the country’s education minister and the ministers of primary and secondary education discussing a few data and privacy issues.
According to the letter, the ministers spoke with the representatives of Google, Microsoft, and Zoom about these concerns, and they received assurances from these firms that their upcoming releases will be more open and compliant with national and EU-wide privacy and data protection legislation.
New iterations of its operating system and browser will be released in 2019, specifically according to Google. Schools and other educational institutions must abide by the aforementioned orders up until that time. New versions of Google will be examined after their release, and suggestions will then be made.