Unsupported Apps and Student Privacy

When using applications that are not supported or assessed by the university, consider the data that is being shared on those platforms and how to best avoid sharing student identifying data.

Students have a right to privacy protected by BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). In a nutshell, we cannot store student identifying information on servers abroad or with services that share or sell user-data outside of our control.

You can still be in compliance with FIPPA when using unsupported applications as long as you are in control over how you and your students are using the service and what data you are sharing. See our page on FIPPA and student privacy for more information and an example of a Course Outline Privacy Message template.

Contact TLC staff if you have questions or need help assessing an external service and FIPPA compliant workflows.

Protecting Student Privacy

Popular Applications

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