Apple’s iWork platform has been banned from German schools alongside Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs.
Privacy regulators say that using the cloud-based services “exposes personal information about students and teachers.” They also suggest that the data might be accessed by U.S. authorities.
German schools weren’t actually using iWork apps — but they did rely on Office 365. It is now illegal to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office apps in the classroom.
MacDailyNews Take: The problem seems to be how information – such as content and headlines, for example, is sent to U.S. servers. While adults can consent to this, children cannot, so Germany regulators have banned the software.