University of Melbourne defends wi-fi tracking of students as planning move amid privacy concerns

The University of Melbourne has moved to allay privacy concerns amid revelations it is tracking students through their wi-fi usage.

The university said the practice, which looked at where people were moving around campus, helped institutions improve retention rates and the experience of students.

Privacy groups expressed concern about the practice, which is also in place at some institutions around the country.

The head of services at the University of Melbourne Paul Duldig said there was no way of identifying students.

“[We’re] simply looking at where the people’s phones are on campus and seeing whether they’re in particular rooms or walking across campus at particular times so we can plan better,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne.

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