Google Apps for Education, or GAFE, is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. Catawba County Schools fully switched to using Google Apps for Education over the past year.
For all EDU domains, ads are turned off in Google Apps for Education services and K–12 Google Apps for Education users don't see ads when they use Google Search and are signed in to their Apps for Education accounts.
Google Apps for Education services don't collect or use student data for advertising purposes or create ads profiles.
Gmail for consumers and Google Apps for Education users runs on the same infrastructure, which helps us deliver high performance, reliability, and security to all of our users. However, Google Apps is a separate offering that provides additional security, administrative and archiving controls for education, work, and government customers.
Like many email providers, we do scanning in Gmail to keep our customers secure and to improve their product experience. In Gmail for Google Apps for Education, this includes virus and spam protection, spell check, relevant search results and features like Priority Inbox and auto-detection of calendar events. Scanning to provide product features is done on all incoming emails and is 100% automated. We do NOT scan Google Apps for Education emails for advertising purposes.
Additionally, we don't collect or use any information stored in Apps for Education users' Google Drive or Docs (or Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms) for any advertising purposes.
Is my organization compliant with FERPA agreement if we use Google Apps for Education?
Google Apps for Education complies with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and our commitment to do so is included in our agreements.
How secure is Google Apps?
Two of the most common questions regarding Google, in general, and Google Apps specifically, are security and privacy. We take both topics very seriously and truly believe that our offerings are a great option for customers on both fronts.
Our business is built on our users' trust: trust in our ability to properly secure their data and our commitment to respect the privacy of the information they place in our systems by not giving that information to others or using it inappropriately.
For more information, see Your security and privacy.