Family claims SPS Google Drive is storing personal information
A local family has claimed that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system's Google Drive without their permission.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local family has claimed that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system's Google Drive without their permission.
Springfield residents Norman and Diane Ely went before the school board earlier this year and asked that the district check into safety concerns regarding private information that was being stored on SPS's Google Drive. They claimed that since that meeting, nothing has changed.
Tuesday, the Ely's addressed the board again with more alarming discoveries.
The Elys claim that the SPS Google Drive, given to all SPS employees and students, automatically begins to store information from any device the drive is accessed on. This includes browser history, but also personal information such as files and passwords. They add that even if you log out of the drive, it stays running and recording in the background.
After bringing their concerns forward this past May, they say that despite the evidence presented, no serious action has been taken on behalf of the district.
"They have a lot of evidence and have had it since December, and we have not heard one word from any of them, said Dianne Ely.
With more searching, the Elys have now found even more sensitive information that's been stored to their daughter's Google Drive, including 139 passwords to both her and her husband's different accounts and also voice recordings of both her and her children.
"My voice to text was being stored as well as any search my kids did, and I could say 'sure my daughter was searching on Google,' but my phone uses Safari. When I used my texting app on my iPhone, it recorded my voice, as well as typing out the words and saving it on my Google Drive," said Brette Hay, the Ely's daughter and a teacher at Pershing Middle School.
The Elys hope with this new evidence, not only will parents, employees and students take action to check what private information of their own could be stored on the drive, but that the school district will also take the appropriate steps to make their Google Drive safe.
In response to these allegations, SPS stated:
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