02 May 2023

Federal Judge declares room scans an invasion of privacy and unconstitutional!

Online proctoring companies employ a lengthy list of dangerous monitoring and tracking techniques in an attempt to determine whether or not students are potentially cheating, many of which are considered by some to be biased and possibly ineffective. One of the more invasive techniques—the “room scan” was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in Ogletree v. Cleveland State University. “Room scans” are a common requirement in proctored exams where students are forced to use their device’s camera to give a 360-degree view of everything around the area in which they’re taking a test. Often, this is a personal residence, and frequently a private space, like a bedroom.

In the first big win for students who don’t Ike online testing being the only choice, a federal judge ruled the online scanning of a test takers room to be an invasion of privacy. This growing issue is a buzz in online comment spaces and testing chat rooms. Digital privacy advocates have raised red flags over online proctoring services’ alleged civil liberty violations in recent years.

The article below explores the darker side of online exams. This issue is not going away. Interestingly enough the website Click Here Website has been created to boycott the online testing process for Universities. It considers the process unconstitutional, and an invasion of privacy. In fact, high profile universities such as Duke, Princeton, and Stanford (to name a few) have already decided against the use of online proctoring services. For the safety of and privacy of the students these universities saw the practices as questionable and have returned to in-person proctoring services.

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