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From: Edward A.  O.P.
Date: Mon 6th Apr, 11:34am
"Christopher McDonald" <chris.                     wrote:

> "Edward Atkinson"                               wrote:
> > The Examplify software chosen by the University for running exams is incredibly 
> > invasive and has the following creepy characteristics: 
> Thanks for posting this Eric;  it's important that students can make an
> informed opinion about what's going on.
> ExamSoft has been selected to address a significant problem in difficult
> times;  I've not seen a statement that anyone at UWA believes this to be a
> perfect solution.  I don't yet know enough about how ExamSoft works and, I
> suspect, the hundreds of signatories to this petition have not made much
> effort to find out.
> I find the wording of the petition quite emotive, and the comments
> following the petition suggest that many are conflating ExamSoft with
> their own dislike of exams, or whether exams are even a valid assessment
> technique.  There's then the irony of people rushing to Facebook to
> complain about personal privacy.

I don't personally agree with the attack on traditional exams as an assessment technique, however that does not diminish the threat to people's privacy and data security that this software represents. 

Ironic though it may be that people are complaining about this on Facebook (I, for the record, am not), that also doesn't eliminate the validity of their concerns. Many of us complain about the quality of our NBN connections on internet forums, the access to which is granted via our NBN provider.

> I trust that those signing up to change.org, itself, first read its own
> Privacy Policy, https://www.change.org/policies/privacy, (and wondered why
> it even mentions your computer's MAC address).
> I suggest that before jumping to conclusions about how ExamSoft works, that
> everyone investigate for themselves by accepting ExamSoft's invitation "If
> you have any questions or comments about this privacy policy or the manner
> in which ExamSoft collects, stores, or uses your personal data, please write
> by email to                     ".  I trust that the author of this petition
> has already accepted this invitation, and will share the questions asked and
> the replies received.

Before signing and sharing this petition I personally sent an email to the office of the Vice Chancellor asking for confirmation that my biometric information would not be provided to or used by Examsoft, I am yet to receive a response.  

> I trust that those with anti-virus software on their computers also
> appreciate that modern AV software also modifies a computer's system
> files, employs "AI techniques" to monitor system activity, and also
> transmits collected information somewhere, likely overseas. 

Only a valid point if someone were using anti-virus software, which as a Linux user, and occasional careful Windows user I haven't felt the need to do so for about 10 years. 

> A lot of software does this, though very few people read EULAs to understand how
> software works or how their personal data is handled.  The primary issue
> is not that modern software does this, but whether any risks outweigh
> the need to use it.

I think the point being made by the petition is that the risks associated with allowing this software access to your computer, its files and your interactions with your computer does not outweigh the need to use it. 
> Those concerned about ExamSoft's Privacy Policy should investigate what is
> means to state compliance with US and EU Privacy Acts, including the
> penalities for even falsely claiming compliance (it is shame that Australia
> is behind in setting its own policies). While we should not blindly follow
> the lead of the US, the fact that ExamSoft is used by over 40 US State
> Supreme Courts for delivery of their Bar exams, strongly suggests that those
> understanding Privacy legislation have confidence in the handling of their data.

To summarise my view: It is disappointing that a department of incredibly talented computer scientists, who themselves probably cover their webcams with tape, are willing to risk their students' data because they were unable to devise a different means of assessment than a written, invigilated exam. 

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Stop examplify petition (all 11) RSS
├─ original   Sat 4th Apr, 9:07pm, Edward A.
├─ reply 1   Mon 6th Apr, 8:37am, Christopher M.
├─ THIS   Mon 6th Apr, 11:34am, Edward A.  O.P.
├─ reply 3   Mon 6th Apr, 4:05pm, Christopher M.
├─ reply 4   Mon 6th Apr, 4:33pm, Christopher M.
├─ reply 5   Tue 7th Apr, 1:13pm, Jared J.
├─ reply 6   Wed 8th Apr, 9:53am, Gordon R.
├─ reply 7   Wed 8th Apr, 10:36am, ANONYMOUS
├─ reply 8   Wed 8th Apr, 11:49am, ANONYMOUS
├─ reply 9   Wed 8th Apr, 3:46pm, Edward A.  O.P.
└─ reply 10   Thu 9th Apr, 8:20am, Jared J.
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