The new policy was first publicized last month in an article by the Tulsa World newspaper, sparking a flurry of news reports cautioning that the school was encroaching on student privacy. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have said that as long as location tracking is not part of the program, the only concern is that other large organizations, not just schools, will enact similar programs less responsibly.
“I doubt you could do this at a large public university because public universities are affiliated with the government, which brings up a whole other set of concerns,” said Jeremy Gillula, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Any university that plans to collect data should consider what they want to do with it, and whether they really need it. With this data, since it's for grading, I'd say as soon as the grade is assigned, just get rid of the data. It's a little bit on the creepy side, but no one is going to steal your identity on this.”