September 22nd, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Traditional media and social media jumped to fear-based assumptions when news broke that the University of Alabama had launched an app designed to collect information from student consumers at Crimson Tide football games. In fact, the New York Times ran an article critical of the app on September 12 that included in its headline the term “Orwellabama.” The New York Times article included quotes from a privacy watchdog attorney named Adam Schwartz who identified Alabama’s new tech as “very alarming” because students were asked to “give up their privacy.” Schwartz told the Times that “a public university is a teacher, telling students what is proper in a democratic society.” Reached for comment, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne drew comparisons between what the school is doing with its sports fan app and the attendance-checking apps used in classrooms. He also noted that Alabama is not alone in the use of attendance-checking apps for tracking student consumption of intercollegiate athletics. -Thomas Baker, forbes. Read More.

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