Securly

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Securly
Securly logo 2020.svg
Type of site
Web filtering for schools
OwnerGolden Gate Capital
Founder(s)Vinay Mahadik, Bharath Madhusudan, Nikita Chikate
URLwww.securly.com
LaunchedJanuary 2013

Securly, Inc. is an American company based in San Jose, California and incorporated in Delaware. It develops and sells internet filters, spyware, and other technologies which primary and secondary schools use to monitor students' web browsing, web searches, video watching, social media posts, emails, online documents, and drives.[1] It was founded in 2013.[2]

Securly presenting at the National Student Safety Conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada in November of 2019
Securly presenting at the National Student Safety Conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada in November of 2019.

Reception[edit]

Logo used from 2013 to 2020

Securly has been criticized for providing tools that empower schools to censor content and invade students' privacy. In 2017, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Arrowhead High School's implementation of Securly, which received pushback from parents and students. The software monitored activity of school-owned equipment, but also of students' own devices that connected to the school's Wi-Fi. Points of contention included the risk of Securly being hacked, the potential sale of students' browsing and search history to insurance companies and advertisers, and general privacy concerns. Securly stated that they "monitor students' internet searches and social media posts; flag them for references that suggest such things as drug use, cyberbullying or suicide; and share students' internet browsing histories with parents who want them".[3] Common Sense Media director Girard Kelly said events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax data breach show the need to protect students' data, arguing Securly does the opposite by normalizing a "surveillance state" where students have to give up their data without their consent.[4]

Securly says that its service allows schools to achieve compliance with state and federal requirements such as the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).[5] Securly has claimed its services help prevent school shootings, but it has been criticized for not providing data that supports this claim.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kolodny, Lora. "Securly raises $4 million to put guard rails on the internet for K-12 students". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  2. ^ "About Us - Securly". www.securly.com. Retrieved 2021-06-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Johnson, Annysa. "Students, the website you've visited at high school will now be seen by your parents". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  4. ^ Stolzoff, Simone. "Schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers". Quartz. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  5. ^ Brewster, Thomas. "This AI Startup Constantly Monitors Kids To Stop The Next School Shooting—And It Just Scored $16 Million Funding". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  6. ^ "Schools Spy on Kids to Prevent Shootings, But There's No Evidence It Works". Vice. Retrieved 2019-02-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Beckett, Lois (2019-10-22). "Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-12-10.

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