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Updated February 13, 2019

Flipgrid

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Unclear if collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
  • Personal information is displayed publicly.
  • Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
  • Notice is provided in the event of a data breach.
  • Parental consent is required.
Indicates that the product meets all our required privacy safeguards, but more research should be completed prior to use.
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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

Flipgrid describes itself as a video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 180+ countries. Flipgrid's policy indicates that it doesn't control content, but enables "Grid Owners," a category of users, to do so. Flipgrid's terms indicate that it does not sell users’ personal information to third parties or use personal information to market or advertise to users. Several categories of accounts are available, including Grid Owner, student, and school accounts. A teacher or school Grid Owner may act as the agent of the parent or legal guardian of a student and provide consent on behalf of the parent, and Flipgrid's policy includes a link to a parent consent form to facilitate this process.

Flipgrid 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 Flipgrid’s website, iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: Children's Privacy Policy. 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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Flipgrid's policy indicates that it doesn't control content, but enables "Grid Owners," a category of users, to do so. Also, they note that Grid Owners have certain options with respect to the privacy settings of their Grids. Flipgrid gives the example that teacher or School Grid Owners must password-protect the Grid and can also moderate their Grid. The policy explains that parents and students should send all requests regarding these privacy settings directly to the Grid Owner. In their policy, the Grid Owner controls what is public and can moderate content and interactions. Depending on the Grid's privacy settings, as set by the Grid Owner, users may be able to post Videos to SNSs (e.g., Facebook or Twitter). If a user chooses to do this, Flipgrid indicates that it will provide information to such SNSs in accordance with such user's elections.

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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Flipgrid's policy explains that when a Grid Owner creates an account on the Service, Flipgrid collects the Grid Owner’s first name, last name, email address, password, instruction type, and country. Users may also be students and schools, although implicitly the Grid Owners are teachers. In addition to the cookies Flipgrid sets, the policy also notes that third parties can also set cookies when you visit their sites. For example, companies they hire to provide services on Flipgrid's behalf, such as site analytics, may place cookies when users visit their sites. Flipgrid's terms indicate that it does not sell users’ personal information to third parties or use personal information to market or advertise to users. Lastly, Flipgrid's terms explain that the service does not use personal information to track and target advertisements to users' on third party websites or services.

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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Flipgrid's policy claims that its security procedures and practices are consistent with industry standards applicable to their collection and use of personal information. Several categories of accounts are available, including Grid Owner, student, and school accounts. Flipgrid explains in its policy that when a Grid Owner logs into an existing account through their Microsoft or Google account, they may collect his/her first and last name, email address and other information specific to that third party account to authenticate the Grid Owner. There is no discussion of encryption in the privacy policy. In the event of an unauthorized release, disclosure, or acquisition of User information, Flipgrid indicates that it will notify affected individuals (either directly or through Grid Owners), as required by applicable law.

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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Flipgrid's policy allows Grid Owners (presumably teachers) to monitor content for other users like schools and students. By enrolling a student under 13 to use the Service, Flipgrid's policy indicates that the school provides such consent to us and agrees that the students’ activities while on the service are subject to their terms and conditions online agreement. Flipgrid's policy for children gives parents of students under 13 certain rights with respect to its collection, use, retention, and disclosure of their student’s information. This includes the right to review, update, or delete student information. Flipgrid notes that they are required under the Children Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") to obtain verifiable parental consent in order to collect, use or disclose personal information from children, but notes that a teacher or school Grid Owner may act as the agent of the parent or legal guardian of a student and provide consent on behalf of the parent. Flipgrid's policy includes a link to a parent consent form to facilitate this process.

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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