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Updated October 2, 2018

Buzzmath

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is not 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

Buzzmath is described on its website as a product offering teachers a solution to provide their students with student practice that will build their conceptual understanding of mathematics. The product's policy notes that it allows interaction with external social networks and platforms. The policy states that the company will not sell, share or rent any information that the user entered or submitted to Buzzmath. An account is required, including login, and passwords are encrypted in storage. There is no detailed description of COPPA or FERPA regulations or compliance with these regulations.

Buzzmath can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on Buzzmath’s website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. 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 product's policy notes that it allows interaction with external social networks and platforms. Also, the policy details that this type of service allows interaction with social networks or other external platforms directly from the pages of this application. For control of user information, the product's policy directs the user by saying that the interaction and information obtained through this application are always subject to the user’s privacy settings for each third-party social network. The policy warns that this product might still collect traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when users do not use it. There is no statement in the policy regarding moderation of content or other safety controls for publicly-available user information, other than a warning that an account may be deleted if it contains inappropriate content.

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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Personal information collected, according to the privacy policy, includes user address, city, country, email address, first name, last name, password, phone number, profession, province, state, username, and ZIP/Postal code, among other items. The policy states that the company will not sell, share or rent any information that the user entered or submitted to Buzzmath. The policy states that advertising within the product is not used, however, emails and third-party websites may use personal information obtained to serve advertising to the user. The user may opt-in to marketing emails.

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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The privacy policy notes that the company takes appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of personal data. An account is required, including login, and passwords are encrypted in storage. The policy states that those affected by a data breach will be notified.

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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The policies indicate that under 13 users must have permission, and there is a reference to paid school accounts. There is no mention of COPPA or FERPA regulations or detailed compliance with these regulations.

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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