Akindi is a mobile app that allows users to quickly grade assessments with their mobile camera and get immediate results, insights, and analysis. Akindi offers different levels of the service, ranging from free to fee-based offering that integrate with learning management systems. When using Akindi, teachers upload information about students. Akindi's FAQs describe using school-assigned student IDs, along with student names, to connect grades with students. Akindi's terms state that Akindi will "take appropriate physical, technical, and organizational measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction." Akindi's terms do not mention FERPA, school official status under FERPA, or parental consent.
Akindi is a grading program, with most activity in the service coming from teachers. The terms of service prohibit offensive or abusive behavior, but do not provide details about if, how, or where this behavior could occur within the system.
When using Akindi, teachers upload information about students. Akindi's FAQs describe using school-assigned student IDs, along with student names, to connect grades with students. Akindi's terms do not contain details about any third parties used to support the service. The terms also do not contain details about how data will be handled in case of a sale, merger, or bankruptcy.
The terms also state that Akindi will keep "personal information only as long as we need it for the purposes for which we collected it, or as permitted by law." It is unclear from the terms if or how Akindi tracks various laws and requirements about data deletion, and how these requirements would be applied.
Akindi's terms state that Akindi will "take appropriate physical, technical, and organizational measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction." The terms do not contain any details on whether data is encrypted at rest or in transit. The terms state that Akindi is not liable for "ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION" but the terms do not contain details about how users will be notified in case of a breach.
Akindi's terms do not mention FERPA, school official status under FERPA, or parental consent. The terms specify that Akindi will "provide ways for you to access your personal information, as required by law, so you can correct inaccuracies" but it is not clear how this would happen, and if this right to review extends to students or parents that have educational information stored in Akindi. If, as suggested in Akindi's FAQ at https://akindi.com/pages/faq, a teacher is using a school assigned student ID number to track students, the teacher should verify that school IDs have been designated as directory information under FERPA.
The privacy evaluations have been designed with the help and support of a consortium of schools and districts across the United States. These evaluations are designed to streamline making an informed decision about the potential privacy implications of educational technology used to support teaching and learning. The bars in the evaluations are not a measure of absolute safety or risk rather, they suggest areas to be considered and examined as part of using the application.
Our core evaluation criteria are freely available, and will remain freely available. People are encouraged to read the questions we use and the information security primer we released. Vendors are encouraged to use our questions and the information security primer to self-evaluate. You can also learn more about our evaluation process.
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