Microsoft Office 365 banned from German schools over privacy concerns

In a bombshell decision, a German Data Protection Authority has ruled that the use of Microsoft’s cloud office product “Office 365” in schools is to be banned - the platform's standard settings expose school pupils' and teachers' personal information to potential US mass surveillance, and are incompatible with European and local data protection laws.

@gomez - what are they using instead. I switch between office 365 and libre office. I use Windows 10 on a laptop and linux mint with a couple of cheap machines (an old desktop and an HP stream, cos it is small and light but a tiny flash drive)

@paulpritchard I'm not 100% sure but I think they are switching to Libre Office, Ubuntu and Next Cloud. ISTR that their public sector organisations were on that path at one point.


@gomez @paulpritchard Wow - this is big! We're about to start work on a thought-piece about an Open Source Wales! We use Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Inkscape, GIMP and a bunch of other open source software.

We champion OS and and would love to see being a leader in the sector 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿💻🖥️🖱️

@afallen @paulpritchard Do you follow ? Great place for finding Foss alternatives to commercial software.

Yes, have known about them for a while. I'm a big admirer 🤗

@gomez @afallen No, clicked on above and had a look, it looks interesting. Not sure how I would use this, but I will look into it.

@paulpritchard @afallen I think it depends on what software you use regularly. There are times when I just need an alternative to expensive commercial software eg. Photoshop. There are times when I'm unhappy to be using software where I have concerns over privacy or the ethics of the controlling organisation. Then I can use to look for an alternative.

@afallen only just finding time to have a good catch up on stuff from the week. If there's anything I can do to help the cause give me a shout!

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