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Updated January 16, 2018

Classcraft

  • 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 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.
  • Unclear whether this product allows third parties to 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

Classcraft is a learning tool that adds a layer of game play on top of classroom management. Within Classcraft, the terms state teachers are responsible for setting up their classroom space, and inviting students into the space. The terms specify that teachers are responsible for monitoring interactions within their online class space. Classcraft's terms specify that they will never target ads at students, and that students will never receive marketing emails. Classcraft's terms state they use industry standard practice to protect data. In addition, the terms specify that if a data breach occurs, they will inform any affected teacher, parent, or student within three days of detecting the breach. Classcraft's terms state that teachers are responsible for obtaining and managing all parental consent required under COPPA or FERPA. Teachers signing up for the site are strongly advised to check their school and district requirements for parental consent under both COPPA and FERPA.

Classcraft 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 accessed for this evaluation can be found on Classcraft’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 terms of Classcraft state teachers are responsible for setting up their classroom space, and inviting students into the space. The terms specify that teachers are responsible for monitoring interactions within their classes, and that Classcraft does not monitor interactions. The terms state that teachers can set class-wide defaults for visibility of selected information between students. The terms also highlight that visibility for students is limited within their classes, but that selected teachers or school administrators can see restricted information across classes. The terms state that students can access their personal information, and some information about selected classmates.

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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Classcraft's terms specify they will never target ads at students, and that students will never receive marketing emails. The terms also state that advertising cookies are used on the site, but only for non-student accounts. The terms specify that Classcraft can change their terms at their discretion, and that they will post a notice on the site and/or send an email when they update their terms. The terms state that students under the age of 18 should obtain parental consent to use the service, and that teachers are responsible for managing the consent process. Classcraft also has several third-party integrations, including social login. If any third party integrations are used, the data collected by these third parties are not covered under Classcraft's terms.

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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Classcraft's terms state they use industry standard practice to protect data. The terms specify that if a data breach occurs, they will inform any affected teacher, parent, or student within three days of detecting the breach. A visual inspection of the login and account registration page indicates data is encrypted in transit. The terms do not contain information about whether or not data is encrypted at rest. The terms also state that people can request additional security information from Classcraft via email.

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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Classcraft's terms state that teachers are responsible for obtaining and managing all parental consent required under COPPA or FERPA. Classcraft can be used in ways that could allow the site to store student data that could be considered an educational record under FERPA. Teachers signing up for the site are strongly advised to check their school and district requirements for parental consent under both COPPA and FERPA.

The terms specify data sunsets for student information, with most sensitive information being deleted after 12 months of inactivity, and other student information being deleted after no more that 36 months of inactivity. The terms state that parents can review account information of students under the age of 18 via a linked parent account, by logging in with their child's account, by contacting the classroom teacher, or by contacting Classcraft directly.

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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