Juneau school computer monitoring raises privacy concerns

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau School District has introduced a new computer monitoring program prompting concerns over student privacy and data collection.

    The district installed and launched the Bark program Sept. 13 without prior notification.

    The Juneau Empire reported School district officials said an email was sent Sept. 15 with details and that more information would be provided to students, parents, staff and board members.

    Officials said the software monitors for content deemed harmful including school shooters, self-harm, pornography and cyberbullying.

    Some parents said in a school board meeting that they are upset about the lack of communication about Bark.

    Some students said it is infringing on their rights by not having an opt-out option.

    The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12.

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