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Updated September 26, 2018

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  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are used 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.
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This overall score represents how the service addressed all our evaluation questions. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive policies.

Overview

After School describes itself as the largest teen-focused social network. The safety of social interactions is described in the policy as based on user choice as when the user sends or posts a message (text, image(s), photograph(s), or any other content), the message will be delivered to the recipient(s) designated by the user and/or displayed on the public forum(s)/community pages in which the user posts. With the user's permission, their products' policies explain that they will access the user's address book and import the user's contacts’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, geographic location and Facebook IDs to facilitate automatic connection with the user's friends. The policy states that the company has no responsibility for the security, privacy, storage, or transmission of other communications originating with or involving use of the product, and there is no discussion in the company's policies of encryption or data breach notification.

After School can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, and/or Amazon Appstore. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on After School’s website, iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, and/or Amazon Appstore. 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.
SafetyPromoting responsible use
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Evaluating safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to safety.
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The safety of social interactions is described in the policy as based on user choice as when the user sends or posts a message (text, image(s), photograph(s), or any other content), the message will be delivered to the recipient(s) designated by the user and/or displayed on the public forum(s)/community pages in which the user posts. The user can post messages in a pseudonymous manner. After School's safety policy states that it enforces its policies by employing 24/7 human and digital monitoring of all posts and by empowering users to flag and immediately remove from the network content they find to be inappropriate. The policy also asks students, if they believe an adult is on After School, to report that user and contact After School.

PrivacyProtecting collected information
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Evaluating privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to privacy.
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After School's policy states that it does not intentionally gather personal information from visitors who are under the age of 13, and it focuses on high school students. With the user's permission, their products' policies explain that they will access the user's address book and import the user's contacts’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, geographic location and Facebook IDs to facilitate automatic connection with the user's friends. Also, the application's policies say that they will, with the user's permission, collect the user's location information in order to locate schools in the user's area. The policies note that certain third parties may automatically collect information about the user's visits to the vendor's own websites and other websites, user IP address, and user ISP information. While the policies do not mention selling data, they do say that they reserve the right to use anonymous data for any purpose and disclose anonymous data to third parties in their sole discretion. After School's policy notes that the user may change any of the user's personal information in the user's Account by clicking the “Settings” icon within the “Profile” page of their Account or by emailing the vendor at support email, and that the user may request deletion of your personal information by the vendor, subject to some limitations. After School's policy states that it may also use third parties to serve ads on the application.

SecurityProtecting against unauthorized access
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Evaluating security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to security.
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Security descriptions in After School's policy are limited. The policy states that the company has no obligation to store any of the user's content. The policy also states that the company has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or accuracy of any content, including user content. It states that it has no responsibility or liability for the failure to store, transmit or receive transmission of content. It states that it has no responsibility for the security, privacy, storage, or transmission of other communications originating with or involving use of the product. There is no discussion in the company's policies of encryption or data breach notification. The policy places on the teen user the obligation to notify the company immediately of any unauthorized use of the user's password or any other breach of security.

ComplianceFollowing statutory laws and regulations
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Evaluating compliance takes into consideration best practices of companies that collect personal information from children or students and the legal obligations for the privacy and security of that information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to compliance.
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Intended Users, according to After School's policy, are only high school students, not children, and not teachers, schools, or parents. The policy states that if a user believes that After School might have any personal information from a child under 13, please contact them by email, and they will attempt to delete such information as soon as possible. The policy explains that a user may change any of the user's personal information in the user's ccount by clicking the “Settings” icon within the “Profile” page of the account or by emailing the company. There is no mention of COPPA or FERPA in the policies.

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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