College students are already trying to hack new anti-cheating ‘spyware’

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by Kashmir Hill
For years, colleges and universities have used computer programs like TurnItIn to keep students from plagiarizing on papers, and old-school methods like spaced-out seating to keep them from cheating on in-class exams. Now, the online education sector is testing out new, more sophisticated tools to keep remote students from cheating as well—and privacy-minded students are already rebelling.
One popular anti-cheating software program is Proctortrack, which monitors computer activity, collects audio and video from a student’s webcam and uses facial and knuckle scanning to make sure an online student isn’t looking up answers during an exam.
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