Dutch schools must stop using Google’s email and cloud services due to privacy concerns.


Dutch education ministers Robbert Dijkgraaf and Dennis Wiersma have just reported in a parliamentary letter that there are many privacy concerns about current Google services. Consequently, the Dutch education sector will not be able to use modified versions of the Chrome browser and Chrome OS in its current state. 

Already last summer, the Dutch Personal Data Authority advised schools and universities to stop using Google’s email and cloud services. The watchdog had concerns about compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to the watchdog, educational institutions do not know how and where the personal data of pupils and students are processed and stored. As a result, the processing of the information would be “not lawful.”