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Can I use wireshark to track surveillance software

Hey folks,

I'm a journalist working on a story about digital surveillance software that schools are installing on students' laptops and tablets. A lot of this software is free, and I'm curious to find out if it's gathering student data and sharing it with third-party data brokers or advertisers. I'm completely new to Wireshark, but somebody suggested it might allow me to identify what information the surveillance software (should i install it on my computer) is capturing and who its sharing the data with.

Is that possible, and does anybody have any suggestions about how to set up the filters to capture data on a specific program?

Thanks very much for any and all help!