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Monday, April 06, 2015

Spying on Students During On Line Exams is Big Business

From the Business Section of today's New York Times:

Once her exam started, Ms. Chao said, a red warning band appeared on the computer screen indicating that Proctortrack was monitoring her computer and recording video of her. To constantly remind her that she was being watched, the program also showed a live image of her in miniature on her screen.Even for an undergraduate raised in a culture of selfies and Skype, Ms. Chao found the system intrusive. “I felt it was sort of excessive,” she said.

You can't make this stuff up.


  1. Designed, they say, to guarantee the legitimacy of the online degree. Hah! No amount of surveillance will make the matchbook diploma mills any more legitimate than they ever were, which is zero, but it does open the door for Pearson to install this on all the free Chromebooks that hedge funders are handing out to poor kids.

    This fine product should have been called ProctoTrack, since these dopes certainly had their heads up their asses when they came up with this one.