Basic privacy evaluation | See all
Updated November 22, 2018


  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Unclear whether this product allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Unclear whether this product uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Third parties can use data to create ad profiles, data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
The criteria for "Use with Caution" are narrowly focused around data uses related to creating profiles that aren't related to any educational purpose, and using data to target ads. We include both first party (ie, the vendor that builds the service) and third party (any company given access by the vendor) data use. It's worth highlighting that using data to profile students violates multiple state laws, and in some cases also violates federal law.

A service can be designated "Use with Caution" for either a lack of transparency around data use -- which creates the potential for profiling and behavioral targeting -- or for clearly stating that they use data to target advertisements and/or create profiles. As with any application being considered for use within schools, school and/or district staff should review the privacy policies and terms of service to ensure that they meet the legal and practical requirements of their state laws and school policies.

As with the "Not Recommended" criteria, a "Use with Caution" designation is NOT a sign that a vendor is necessarily doing anything unethical or illegal. It is a sign that, based on publicly available policies,  we do not have adequate guarantees that data will not be used by first or third parties to create non-educational profiles or to target behavioral ads.
Use with Caution
Basic evaluation
A basic privacy evaluation answers key questions about a product's policies covering issues of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.

Actimator is an online platform for K-12 Computer Science education. It includes a software specially made for learning computer science and coding by making video games, detailed hands-on courses, live training , and community support. Actimator's privacy policy is not transparent about advertisements and their possible display and tracking and whether information is gathered to support these functions. Although the terms state Actimator will not sell, rent, or give away any of your personal information without your consent, how that consent might be given is not described. Unlike many other ed tech providers, Activator is explicit about transferring user data to a potential acquirer in the future, in which case users may be notified and may be given the option to delete their account information only by providing a written request to delete their account. Note that for adults: Actimator may share user information with other third-party companies who may provide users with information about the products and services they offer. However, to the extent required by law, users will be given the opportunity to opt-out of such sharing.

Actimator can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on Actimator’s website. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

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The standard privacy report (SPR) displays the most important privacy practices from a product’s polices in a single easy-to-read outline. The report displays an alert when a particular privacy practice is risky, unclear, or not evaluated. This alert indicates more time should be focused on these particular details prior to use.
About Privacy Evaluations

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.

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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