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Updated January 16, 2018

Classcraft

  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows third parties to use data to create ad profiles, data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
Use with Caution
The privacy evaluation process categorizes edtech tools into the following three tiers:
Use Responsibly
Indicates that the service meets the minimum criteria and more research should be completed prior to use.
Use with Caution
Indicates that the service does not clearly define the safeguards to protect student information.
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Overall Evaluationinfo-bubble

This Overall Evaluation 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.

Key Points
Intended Use
  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Intended for teens.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product collects geolocation data.
  • Biometric or health data are not collected.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are not provided.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses Directory Information.
  • Parental consent obligations are transferred to the school or district.
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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