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Privacy Evaluation for Argument Wars

Last updated February 9, 2021

Overview

iCivics provides educational games such as Argument Wars to engage students in meaningful civic learning. They provide teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. The terms state the service allows users to comment on content that has been uploaded to iCivics and the service takes reasonable measures to delete personal information from a user's postings before they are made publicly visible. In addition, the terms state the service does not sell personal information to third parties, but does not disclose whether personal information can be used for third-party marketing or behavioral advertising purposes. The terms disclose personal information is stored in a secure location, including on password controlled servers which are accessible only by designated employees who are trained in the proper handling of personal information. However, the terms do not disclose whether personal information is protected with reasonable security features such as encryption. Lastly, the terms disclose if a child under the age of 13 signs up for a user account they must first obtain parental approval and provide a parent's email address for confirmation.

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

Security

personally identifying information that you provide is stored in a secure location

including on password controlled servers which are accessible only by designated employees who are trained in the proper handling of such personally identifying information

Data Collection
SCORE: 83%

What data does it collect?

  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected.
  • The categories of collected personally identifiable information are indicated.
  • Collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
  • Data is automatically collected.
  • Opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
  • Personal information of users is collected by a third party.
Not yet answered
  • 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.
Data Sharing
SCORE: 100%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • The categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • Third-party services are used to support the product.
  • The roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
  • Unclear whether this product supports third-party login.
  • 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.
Data Security
SCORE: 33%

How does it secure data?

  • Account creation is required.
  • Managed accounts are available.
  • Reasonable security practices are used to protect data.
  • Employee or physical access to user information is limited.
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data in transit.
  • Unclear whether all data are stored in an encrypted format.
  • Notice is provided 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.
Data Rights
SCORE: 75%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Unclear whether users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.
  • A data-retention policy is available.
  • Processes for authorized users to delete data are available.
  • A user's data are deleted upon account cancellation or termination.
Not yet answered
  • This evaluation did not assess whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • 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: 75%

Is the data sold?

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party in the event of a merge, acquisition, or bankruptcy.
  • Third-party transfer is contractually required to use the same privacy practices.
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 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: 100%

How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users.
  • Users cannot interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Profile information must be shared for social interactions.
  • Personal information can be not displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the company.
  • User-created content is 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 this product allows users to control how their data are displayed to others.
  • 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: 50%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Data are not collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Users's information is not used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for personalised advertisements.
  • The company can send marketing messages.
  • Users can opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
Not yet answered
  • 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.
Parental Consent
SCORE: 100%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Company does have actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • The company does provide a section, heading, or separate policy for children in their policies.
  • Parental consent is required before personal information is collected or disclosed.
  • Parents can withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • Children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are provided.
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 this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
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?

  • Use of information is limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
  • The context or purpose for which data are collected is indicated.
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 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.