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Privacy Evaluation for Argument Wars

Last updated December 20, 2018

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: 75%

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.
  • Non-personally identifiable information is collected.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects geolocation data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects behavioral data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product treats combined information as personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects personal information online from children under 13 years of age.
Data Sharing
SCORE: 75%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • The categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • Use of information is limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
  • Data are shared with third-party service providers.
  • The roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
  • Unclear whether this product supports social or federated login.
  • Contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether the purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for analytics.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
Data Security
SCORE: 67%

How does it secure data?

  • Account creation is required.
  • Parental controls or managed accounts are available.
  • Industry best 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 this product encrypts all data at rest.
  • Notice is provided in the event of a data breach.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether a user's identity is verified with additional personal information.
  • Did not evaluate whether two-factor account protection is available.
  • Did not evaluate whether third-party contractual security protections are required.
Data Rights
SCORE: 75%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
  • Unclear whether users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access and review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
  • A data-retention policy is available.
  • Processes for the school, parents, or students to delete data are available.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether users can control their information through privacy settings.
  • Did not evaluate whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • Did not evaluate whether a user can delete all their data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides users the ability to download their data.
Data Sold
SCORE: 75%

Is the data sold?

  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party.
  • Third-party transfer is contractually required to use the same privacy practices.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether users can opt out from the disclosure or sale of their data to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether users are notified if their information is transferred to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether user information can be deleted prior to its transfer to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether user information is shared in an anonymous or deidentified format.
  • Did not evaluate whether the vendor describes their deidentification process of user information.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Did not evaluate whether contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying deidentified information.
Data Safety
SCORE: 75%

How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
  • Users cannot interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Profile information is shared for social interactions.
  • Personal information is not displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the vendor.
  • User-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether this product allows users to control how their data are displayed.
  • Did not evaluate whether social interactions of users are logged.
  • Did not evaluate whether users can report abuse or cyberbullying.
Ads & Tracking
SCORE: 50%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Unclear whether data are shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or targeted advertising.
  • Data are not collected by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are not used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
  • The vendor can send marketing messages.
  • Users can opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether this vendor provides promotional sweepstakes, contests, or surveys.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides users the ability to opt-out of traditional, contextual, or behavioral advertising.
Parental Consent
SCORE: 100%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Vendor does have actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • Children's privacy is applicable.
  • Parental consent is required.
  • 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
  • Did not evaluate whether intended for parents or guardians.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Did not evaluate 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
  • Did not evaluate whether personal information or education records are collected from preK-12 students.
  • Did not evaluate whether intended for teachers.
  • Did not evaluate whether the product creates education records.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides notification of a contract or additional rights.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product designates the vendor as a school official.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product transfers parental consent obligations to the school or district.
  • Did not evaluate whether the vendor indicates FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product discloses directory 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.