GoGuardian Beacon student suicide detection, prevention

Occurred: October 2021

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The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore City Scools are monitoring the laptops of local school students for indications of self-harm and suicide. Should an alert be sent, local rather than school police are sometimes being sent to respond. 

Baltimore, like many other school systems, loaned out laptops to students during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which are loaded with GoGuardian's Beacon suicide prevention software. 

However, reports suggest the software is also being used for disciplinary purposes and can result in LGBTQ students being unintentionally outed, or student expression hampered.

In addition, it appears less wealthy students may be tracked more regularly since school-owned laptops may be their only devices. 

Other reports state school police monitor GoGuardian software after school hours, including on weekends and holidays, raising concerns about students enduring more or less constant surveillance.

Operator: Baltimore City Public Schools; Pekin Community High School  
Developer: Liminex Inc/GoGuardian
Country: USA
Sector: Education
Purpose: Detect & categorise at-risk behaviour
Technology: Suicide prevention algorithm
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance; Bias/discrimination - economic; Dual/multi-use
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: October 2021