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Total Whatsapp ban in Winterthur schools

Since may of last year are no longer allowed to communicate with teachers and their classes via Whatsapp. This is because the minimum age was increased to 16 ye

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Total Whatsapp ban in Winterthur schools

Since may of last year are no longer allowed to communicate with teachers and their classes via Whatsapp. This is because the minimum age was increased to 16 years.

the Central school care (ZSP) has extended the Whatsapp ban. The App is no longer allowed in the school at all, neither in the contact of the teachers with each other and in communication with the parents.

The ZSP has based its decision, according to its President, Jürg Altwegg (Green) on the data protection officer of the Canton of Zurich. This holds, in the case of a Whatsapp-use continuously for contact details of mobile phone address book would be transferred to Whatsapp and Facebook. The data will be forwarded in the USA and stored there.

It will be also forwarded contact details of the persons, the Whatsapp, and people who have not consented to the disclosure of their data. If you wanted to guarantee a proper handling of the data of the data, would have to consent all the people in the address book in this disclosure. The Commissioner concludes: "The use of Whatsapp by teachers is not lawful, because there is such full consent."

to take advantage of Possible Alternatives

In the information sheet, "Digital communication" of the Department of school and computers, it is recommended that teachers, for the exchange of information with the parents and with each other, either Mail, SMS, or an alternative messaging App such as Wire. Wire is according to the leaflet, free of charge, and in a privacy compliant way.

"The new preset is in the interest of the children."

How often Whatsapp previously in contact with the parents was used is not known. At least in some schools, there were parents chatting via Whatsapp for the exchange of information. This was a practical Instrument, is obvious. Around 6.5 million people in Switzerland use the Social Media study by 2018, the App, and teachers reached in this way, so by far the majority of parents.

A concerned teacher says she has used Whatsapp to share pictures of occasions with the parents. After the ban, they have changed on the App Wire, and the parents informed of what is going on. Some of you may have downloaded the App. All you get on this path, however.

Christian Hugi, President of the Zurich teachers Association, says the Association of find this measure understandable and welcome. It is in the spirit of the guide, the of the umbrella Association, teachers in Switzerland have developed together with associations from Austria and Germany.

Hugi holds it for possible that the default in the first Moment leads to some parents and teachers to irritation. Nevertheless, she was right: "it is in the interest of the children and consistently."

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Created: 30.01.2019, 11:49 PM

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