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Privacy Evaluation for American Chemical Society

Last updated February 4, 2022

Overview

American Chemical Society is an organization purposed toward connecting chemistry enthusiasts and improving the field of chemistry. American Chemical Society's Terms of Use states that a user can chat with and post on American Chemical Society's platform, however, the terms offer no indication that American Chemical Society moderates the interactions between users. The Privacy Policy indicates that whether someone is simply accessing the website, registering an account, or attending an educational event or webinar that their personal information will be collected and often shared with third parties. The Privacy Policy further states that American Chemical Society works closely with third party advertising networks from whom American Chemical Society obtains additional information about its users. The policies fail to describe the extent of personal information that is shared to third parties, nor any limitations prescribed for the third parties for use of American Chemical Society's users' personal information. The Privacy Policy makes clear that any person who registers for a webinar or an event will have their details shared with the sponsor of the event. The Privacy Policy states that the user has a right to delete his or her personal information, but very strictly qualifies that right, only allowing for deletion of a user's personal information in very limited circumstances. Of note, the Privacy Policy states that American Chemical Society may send its users marketing communications even if the user has not opted-in to receive marketing communications. The rationale provided in the Privacy Policy for this operation is for purposes of "promoting the success of" American Chemical Society. While the Privacy Policy indicates American Chemical Society makes use of Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics, the Privacy Policy is not transparent on the use of traditional advertisements. The Privacy Policy fails to provide its customers with information regarding American Chemical Society's security measures for protecting the storage of its users' personal data. Only in regards to credit cards does the Credit Card Security Statement state that American Chemical Society integrates the industry standard SSL security protocol. The Privacy Policy makes no indication for compliance with any specific regulation, nor for regulations protecting the personal information of children under 13 years old.

American Chemical Society can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Service used for this evaluation can be found on American Chemical Society’s website. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: Security Statement. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Data Collection
SCORE: 25%

What data does it collect?

  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected.
  • Unclear whether the collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the categories of collected personally identifiable information are indicated.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product collects geolocation data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product collects behavioral data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product automatically collects any data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether personal information of users is collected by a third party.
Data Sharing
SCORE: 50%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • Unclear whether the categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • Unclear whether this product supports third-party login.
  • Unclear whether contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the categories of third parties that receive data are indicated.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether data are shared for analytics.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether third-party services are used to support the product.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
Data Security
SCORE: 0%

How does it secure data?

  • Account creation is not required.
  • Unclear whether managed accounts are available.
  • Unclear whether this product uses reasonable security practices to protect data.
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data in transit.
  • Unclear whether all data are stored in an encrypted format.
  • Unclear whether this product provides notice in the event of a data breach.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether a user's identity is verified with additional personal information.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether multi-factor account protection is available.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether Third-parties with access to information are required to provide the same security protections as the company.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product limits employee or physical access to user information.
Data Rights
SCORE: 63%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.
  • Unclear whether authorzied users can delete data.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the product provides a data-retention policy.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether a user's data are deleted upon account cancellation or termination.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product deletes data when no longer necessary.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether methods are available to restrict who has access to data.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product provides users the ability to download their data.
Data Sold
SCORE: 25%

Is the data sold?

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party in the event of a merge, acquisition, or bankruptcy.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users can opt out from the disclosure or sale of their data to a third party.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users are notified if their information is transferred to a third party.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether user information can be deleted prior to its transfer to a third party.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether third-party transfers are contractually required to use the same privacy practices.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether user information is shared in an anonymous or de-identified format.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the company describes their de-identification process of user information.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying or de-identified information.
Data Safety
SCORE: 25%

How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether profile information must be shared for social interactions.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product allows users to control how their data are displayed to others.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether user-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the company.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether social interactions of users are logged.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users can report abuse or cyberbullying.
Ads & Tracking
SCORE: 33%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this company can send marketing messages.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this company provides promotional sweepstakes, contests, or surveys.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product provides users the ability to opt-out of contextual, or personalised advertising.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users can opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
Parental Consent
SCORE: 0%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Unclear whether intended for children under 13.
  • Unclear whether parental consent is required before personal information is collected or disclosed.
  • Unclear whether this product provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product collects personal information from children under 13 years of age.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether intended for parents or guardians.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether company has actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • This evaluation did not assess if the company provides a section, heading, or separate policy for children in their policies.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
School Purpose
SCORE: 0%

Is the product intended for school?

  • Unclear whether intended for students.
  • Unclear whether this product is primarily used by, designed for, and marketed toward students in grades preK–12.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether personal information or education records are collected from preK-12 students.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether intended for teachers.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the processes to enter education records into the product are clear.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether additional rights or protections may be provided with an additional school contract.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether the company is designated as a school official.
  • This evaluation did not assess whether this product transfers parental consent obligations to the school or district.
Individual Control
SCORE: NA%

Can I control the use of my data?

    Not yet answered
    • This evaluation did not assess whether users can control the use of their information through privacy settings.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether use of information is limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether the conext or purpose for which data are collected is indicated.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether company may combine data with additional data from third-party sources.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether this product treats combined information as personally identifiable information (PII).
    • This evaluation did not assess whether notice is provided if the context in which data are collected change.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether consent is obtained if the practices in which data are collected change.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether a grievance or remedy mechanism is available for users to file a complaint.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether users can request to know what personal information has been shared with third parties.
    • This evaluation did not assess whether notice is provided in the event the company receives a government or legal request for a user's information.

    Common Sense Standard Privacy Report (SPR)

    The standard privacy report (SPR) displays all the privacy practices from a product's policies in a single, easy-to-read outline. The report shows a green check mark for better privacy practices and an orange alert for risky or unclear practices. This alert indicates that 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 help educators make informed decisions about the potential privacy implications of educational technology used to support teaching and learning.

    Our core evaluation criteria will always be freely available. People are encouraged to read the questions we use and our information security primer. Vendors are encouraged to use our questions and the information security primer to self-evaluate. You can also learn more about our evaluation process. Please be in touch with any questions or feedback.