GPS-Based Tracking Apps For School Dismissal – What You Should Know

Active GPS tracking causes privacy and security concerns

School administrators are turning to digital solutions to manage the arrival and departure of parents/drivers on their campuses during student dropoff and pickup. Some solutions utilize the parent’s/driver’s cell phone location (GPS). GPS “geofencing”, as it is called, allows school administrators to set a digital perimeter around their school campus that enables mobile apps to determine if the user’s cell phone is physically on their campus. Parents/drivers can now essentially “announce” their arrival and departure via a mobile app, making the arrival and dismissal
processes easier.

But with GPS-based systems, it is critical that the mobile app not access the parent’s/driver’s GPS location outside the school’s geofence. Some “Active” GPS-based tracking apps collect location data both inside and outside of the geofence – data that parents/drivers and administrators do not want tracked or stored.

Administrators must understand the difference between “Active” and “Passive” GPS tracking to ensure that the privacy of their families is respected.

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