A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Digital Resource Assessment (DRA) was completed for Google Apps for Education. These assessments included an extensive review of Google Apps for Education's privacy policies and security measures.  Based on the results of these assessments, the following apps have been approved for educational use in all school boards in Nova Scotia and by staff in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD): 
  • Gmail
  • Drive (docs, sheets, slides, forms, drawings)
  • Sites
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Groups (for Business)
As part of a "friendly amendment" to the initial PIA/DRA, the following have also been approved for educational use and enabled within the Nova Scotia public education system domain (gnspes):
  • Classroom
  • Hangouts
  • Additional Google Services
    • Blogger
    • Feedburner
    • Fusion Tables
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Bookmarks
    • Google Books
    • Google Code
    • Google Developer Console
    • Google Finance
    • Google in Your Language
    • Google Map Maker
    • Google Maps
    • Google News
    • Google Photos (for teachers/staff only)
    • Google Public Data
    • Google Takeout
    • Google Translator Tool Kit
    • Google Web History
    • Google Webmaster Tools
    • Google Voice
    • Mobile Test Tools
    • Panoramio (for users 13 years and older)
    • YouTube (for users 13 years and older)
    • YouTube CMS (for teachers/staff only)
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ extension (specific users only - license based)
Additional approved products and features:
  • g(Math) Drive add-on
  • SPARKvue app
v  How and when these or other tools are made available to users will be determined by school boards and identified in their implementation plan.

Privacy Documents and Resources

A copy of the Privacy Impact Assessments is available below:
  • PIA  - for staff at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development
  • DRA - for teachers, staff and students in all Nova Scotia regional school boards (a signed copy is available at each regional school board)

Google's Privacy Policy explains what information they collect and why, how they use this information and how users can review and update their information. To learn more about this policy visit their privacy website. 

The Google Apps for Education's Security and Privacy Practices answers a number of questions through an extensive FAQ section. 

How Google Protects Your Data
A tour of a Google data center to view security and data protections that are in place.