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Alaska school computer monitoring raises privacy concerns

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska school district has introduced a new computer monitoring program prompting concerns over student privacy and data collection.

Juneau Empire reported the Juneau School District installed and launched the Bark program Sept. 13 without prior notification.

School district officials say an email was sent Sept. 15 with details and that more information would be provided to students, parents, staff and board members.

Officials say the software monitors for content deemed harmful including school shooters, self-harm, pornography and cyberbullying.

Some parents said in a school board meeting that they are upset about the lack of communication about Bark.

Some students say it is infringing on their rights by not having an opt-out option.

The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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