The Dutch government has limited the use of the Google Chrome browser and devices with the ChromeOS operating system in schools until August 2023.
The restrictions applied include disabling the spell checking feature for documents, automatic translation features, and limiting Google Cloud to store its data on servers in Europe.
According to the Dutch government, this restriction was made because of concerns about the privacy and security of students’ personal data there. In addition, the amount of data flowing in Google Chrome and ChromeOS is also a consideration.
The local government also doesn’t really understand how student data in the Netherlands is processed or transferred through Google Chrome and ChromeOS, because Google is said to be not transparent about this.
Because it is not transparent, the Dutch government is also afraid that student data there will be used to gain profit, especially outside the field of education.
As a solution, the Dutch government said it had met with Google, as well as Microsoft and Zoom regarding the security of user data in the Netherlands.
Google claims that before August 2023, they will release a new version of Google Chrome and ChromeOS equipped with various data transparency features, as summarized by KompasTekno from Gizchina, Wednesday (27/7/2022).
It is not explained how this feature will work later. But what is clear, the Dutch government will be able to see how student data there is processed on Google Chrome and ChromeOS.
Galuh Putri Riyanto Illustration of Google searches using Google Chrome on Android phones. As is known, global technology companies must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aka the Personal Data Protection Act in Europe.
This regulation regulates how the platform protects the privacy and security of user data in European Union countries. The GDPR came into effect on May 25, 2018.
The regulation regulates the protection of privacy and data of European users by online service providers, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Google.
On the GDPR’s official website, the European Union calls the General Data Protection Regulation the toughest privacy and security law in the world, both in terms of the rules that must be adhered to and the penalties for violating it.
If a technology company violates the privacy and security standards set out in the GDPR, the European Union through the Data Protection Commission (DPC) will impose severe fines of up to tens of millions of euros.