MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, May 09, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the happy side-effects of Europe's new privacy law is that it impacts companies that are not European. Among these are MOOC providers who, whether or not they are based in Europe, want to do business in Europe, and so need to comply with the regulations. Coursera, for example, is "overhauling its terms of use, privacy policies, and creating a new cookies policy to let learners know how we are using their data. This also meant introducing new product features including consent tracking, data portability, and the right to be forgotten." Less clear is the impact on universities hosting MOOCs, as they have previously been able to simply mine MOOC data with impunity. Now: not so much.

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