“Microsoft is too risky for school”

Data protectionists have great doubts about the use of products from the American tech company in schools. Are these now threatened with extinction?

Soon no more Word for students?  Privacy advocates have major concerns.

DDigitization is a tedious endeavor if you want to stay up to date. No sooner have you got used to software than the next trend comes around the corner. Schoolchildren in Germany can also prepare for this. At the end of this messed up school year, they are saying goodbye to the now familiar and proven digital environment in many places. This is not only due to the good news that as the incidence falls, children and adolescents are pouring into schools again. With the new school year, the Microsoft 365 software program will probably be phased out at a number of schools, which in the past months of the never-ending distance teaching ensured that the students could even be taught something like learning content. The reason for this is quickly outlined: data protection concerns.

Anyone who wants to know why this is the case, however, cannot be satisfied with this brief explanation, because there has been no lack of honest efforts on all sides. All you have to do is look to Baden-Württemberg. A pilot test was started there at the beginning of the year, which raised hope: The Ministry of Education, Data Protection and Microsoft wanted to use a specially configured version of the office software to ensure that children can exchange information as smoothly as their Microsoft Office-tempered parents. At the same time, the American constitution protection should not be able to interfere with the math problems of the 8b – at least that is how the critics always blaspheme with the help of a witty reinterpretation of the actual problem. The truth also includes: Schools and the responsible authorities are obliged under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to protect the data of minors in their care and to prevent the information from being processed outside of Europe. This is all the more true after the European Court of Justice ruled last July that the American security authorities do not care about the data protection of European citizens.