Chromebooks no longer welcome in Danish schools

From Paul Sawers' "Denmark bans Chromebooks and Google Workspace in schools over data transfer risks" posted Monday on TechCrunch:

Denmark is effectively banning Google’s services in schools, after officials in the municipality of Helsingør were last year ordered to carry out a risk assessment around the processing of personal data by Google.

In a verdict published last week, Denmark’s data protection agency, Datatilsynet, revealed that data processing involving students using Google’s cloud-based Workspace software suite — which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar and Google Drive — “does not meet the requirements” of the European Union’s GDPR data privacy regulations.

Specifically, the authority found that the data processor agreement — or Google’s terms and conditions —  seemingly allow for data to be transferred to other countries for the purpose of providing support, even though the data is ordinarily stored in one of Google’s EU data centers.

My take: MacBook Airs are safer, but cost considerably more. As someone who types, I can't recommend iPads for schools. Your mileage may vary.


  1. David Emery said:
    This strikes me as more of a ‘technicality’ than a strong reason. In particular, the idea that data can’t be relocated to support debugging per GDPR is a bit of a strange restriction. Google could probably fix this pretty quickly.

    Now if this drives schools back to much more expensive (total cost of ownership, particularly IT support costs) and vulnerable Windows systems, it will be A Bad Thing.

    July 21, 2022
  2. Neal Guttenberg said:
    It is less about chrome books and more about the Google suite of services. Most schools in this country use Google’s suite of services because it is free and, mostly, works well. The issue is who the data they collect from these suites really belongs to. I really don’t trust Google’s statement that they don’t use the data and it is totally owned by the schools. My guess is that if you read through the terms of service, there are loopholes large enough to drive a truck through.

    July 21, 2022
  3. John Butt said:
    But TikTok would definitely steal data. Oh the irony

    I avoid both like the plague, Apple’s own office suite is more than enough. Short form video is difficult to be excited about

    July 21, 2022

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