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Updated December 20, 2018

Argument Wars

  • Privacy policies do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual 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.
  • Third parties cannot 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.
Use with Caution
Basic evaluation
A basic privacy evaluation answers key questions about a product's policies covering issues of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.
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.

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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.
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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