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Can school see google browsing history

Discussion in 'Tech: Medical Apps, iOS, Android, medical devices' started by B7096, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. B7096


    Apr 5, 2017
    I recently got an email account from my school with the schools domain in it. Not knowing i was signed in i looked up some things that could get me in a lot of trouble. I was just wondering can the head of my IT department see this or not. I already cleared it from my recent activity in the google settings.
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  3. KaapstadMK

    KaapstadMK No turning back now - Too much debt

    Mar 23, 2017
    Okay, 2 questions:

    1) Are you on the school's premises, using the school's wifi?
    2) If you're afraid the content you were viewing would result in trouble professionally, should you be viewing it at all, whether in private or not?

    And a bonus 3rd question for good measure:
    If the content would result in professional issues, could it not also induce personal issues that would bleed into you ability to interact professionally?

    (I'm open to PM if you'd rather not discuss it on a public forum)
  4. KaapstadMK

    KaapstadMK No turning back now - Too much debt

    Mar 23, 2017
  5. berenstein

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    Apr 16, 2017
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  6. Stroganoff

    Stroganoff Nice marmot. Rocket Scientist 10+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    I didn't know the answer to your question, so I looked it up. I haven't found anything definitive yet, but it looks like admins for Google Apps for Education and Google Apps for Work cannot see your Google search history simply by virtue of being an admin. They do have access to your e-mail account and Google Drive contents and any Google Apps you may use (Docs, Sheets, etc.). There are other indirect ways to snoop on you using techniques such as Deep Packet Inspection and HTTPS Man-in-the-Middle type things, but you'd have to be on the school's network (and especially on school-controlled devices) for these techniques to really be used.

    Pro Tip: Try to stop using Google Search, full stop. I highly recommend DuckDuckGo ("The search engine that doesn't track you") for all your web searching needs. When the Snowden leaks first started coming out in summer 2013, I went through a re-awakening period on how I approach technology and privacy and security, and one of the first changes was to try to be owned less by Google. I've used DuckDuckGo as my default search engine for 3.5 years and highly recommend it without reservation! It was started by an MIT alumnus, and they really emphasize not tracking you and your searches, and the search engine gives great results too.

    I love their "bang" system (a bang is shorthand for the exclamation mark, "!"). There's tons of bangs out there. So if I want to look up "turtles" on Wikipedia, I just type in !w turtles into my browser's URL or search bars, and it immediately passes that search through to Wikipedia. Or !yt whatever for YouTube. Or !a stuff for Amazon.

    There's other privacy-centric search engines like StartPage (which uses Google for search results) and Ixquick, but I haven't used them that much.
    Last edited: May 12, 2017
  7. road2residency


    Jan 5, 2018
    If you are on a school/institution/hospital network, IT has the ability to monitor ALL traffic coming through their network. The question is, does the IT department have the software in place to do that (if its a major school or hospital, they probably do) and is what you searched for bad enough for them to pay attention to you.

    for future reference, if you are afraid of someone seeing what you are doing on the internet, don't do it from your laptop, don't do it on the school's network or don't do it at all.

    You can also use a VPN
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  8. Stroganoff

    Stroganoff Nice marmot. Rocket Scientist 10+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Pssst. OP hasn't been seen from since his one post on this forum in April 2017. He's probably rotting away in Gitmo. Poor guy. He just did a 4 AM search "Will I bomb this exam?" and BAM! Feds swooped in.

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