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Updated November 22, 2018

AdLit

  • Privacy policies are available.
  • Site does not use encryption.
  • Site does not force the use of encryption.
The criteria for "Not Recommended For Use" measure whether or not a vendor has done the bare minimum to allow people to have even a rudimentary understanding about how the vendor protects user privacy. The four criteria here are all basics of sound privacy and security practice. Vendors who do not meet these basic requirements can potentially run afoul of state and federal privacy laws.

As with the "Use with Caution" criteria, a "Not Recommended" 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 and observable security practices, their systems do not provide adequate guarantees that information stored in their systems will be protected.
Not Recommended
A basic privacy evaluation answers key questions about a product's policies covering issues of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.
Overview

AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. The Privacy Policy linked from AdLit is the WETA (Public Television and Classical Music for Greater Washington) Privacy Policy. The term state WETA may also share some of your information, both personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable, with third parties for advertising purposes, although this excludes email addresses. AdLit's terms state it is intended for adolescent reading, and while this may traditionally be thought to refer to kids over 13, early adolescents easily refer to children from 11 to 13, and sometimes even younger so it is quite possible that such children find themselves on the site and enter personal information in a non-secure form (there is no login) for which there is currently no adequate age gate or warning. So while the terms state WETA also will not share any personally identifiable information about children with third parties, there seems no way to be sure on the site whether personal information collected by the site may otherwise share belongs to a child or not.

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

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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