In today’s On (& off) Campus email to the entire ANU community, the ANU has confirmed that they will use remote invigilation software Proctorio for Semester 1 of 2020. The confirmation  comes in the wake of backlash from ANUSA and 13 clubs and societies who raised concerns about data security, the storage of student’s personal information, and accessibility issues.

In their report, the ANU Information Security Office referenced a number of issues raised by concerned students. They noted that there was no link between Zoom and Proctorio, and that they found no reason to link the two programs with security risks. The report also noted that the program is only compatible with Google Chrome. In the student statements, issues were discussed regarding students who do not have access to a reliable internet connection or a compatible device to participate in examinations online or that can support the program. These were not addressed by the ANU in their report. 

The ANU has assured students that the “safety of our community remains paramount,” and that Proctorio has been selected for use because it is “safe, secure, transparent and valid”. The university noted that Proctorio  has been implemented by many other universities with success. It highlighted that Proctorio complies with numerous privacy regulations, however most are international regulations. The ANU reassured students that all data collected will only be accessible by ANU staff, and stored securely in the United States.

The statement can be accessed here.