HMH eTextbooks are digital replicas of award winning textbooks on iPad - for learning and studying anywhere, anytime. The terms specify that the Service may allow users to create their own profile, which may be displayed publicly or semi-publicly. The terms state that the service may collect Personal Information and Demographic Information from users. In addition, the terms state that all data sent to and from their platform are protected via Transport Layer Security, or TLS. Teachers are strongly encouraged to review the parental consent procedures within their school or district before sharing student information.
: Promoting responsible use
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.
HMH eTextbook's terms specify that the service may allow users to create their own profile, which may be displayed publicly or semi-publicly. The terms state that a user's profile page may be set up to display information such as the user's display name, images, location, groups that the user has joined, and optional information added by the user including -- for example -- the user's tagline, photographs and educational materials.
The terms state that the user can post to chat rooms, message boards, other user's profiles, bulletin boards, or similar forums. The terms describe that these interactions may be public or semi-public, and could potentially be accessible via search. The terms state that the Service may also publish a user's name, voice, likeness and other Personal Information that is part of their User Content, and they may use the content, or any portion of the content, for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities.
Lastly, the terms state that a user may send messages or invitations from the Service, and that people sending messages from the service should be aware that their e-mail address, mobile number, name and/or user name may be included along with any message.
: Protecting collected information
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.
The terms state that the service may share a user’s non-Personal Information, such as aggregated user statistics or data related to a user and their activities, with third parties. However, the terms state that Personal Information will not be shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes unless the user provides consent. Users should be aware that the terms state that a person's name, voice, likeness and other Personal Information that is part of their User Content could be used for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities.
Additionally, the Service may supplement the information they collect directly from users on the Service with external information from third parties. The terms state that third parties, including advertisers and advertising service providers, may collect information about users. These third parties may use their own tracking technologies on a user’s Device, or collect a user’s personal Information. While the terms state that the Service will not use Personally identifiable information to target ads, they also state that a user may be served with targeted and contextual advertising, including location-based advertising.
: Protecting against unauthorized access
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.
The terms state that all data sent to and from their platform are protected via Transport Layer Security, or TLS. The terms also specify that data that are covered under COPPA or FERPA are encrypted at rest whenever possible. The terms state that if the Service is not able to encrypt data, the Service will use other means to protect that data. The terms do not provide clear information on whether or not sensitive information that is not covered under COPPA or FERPA is encrypted at rest.
In the terms, the Company describes that privacy and information security training is provided to employees. They also describe how access to personal information is limited to specific employees. The Company uses third-party cloud service providers in the delivery and operation of their learning platform, and data is stored on the servers of their cloud service providers. The terms describe contractual requirements in place with these cloud service providers that are designed to protect user data.
: Following statutory laws and regulations
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.
The terms specify that the tools and services covered under their policies are designed for teachers and schools working with K12 students. The terms highlight that, under COPPA, schools can provide consent for parents for online tools used for an educational purpose. The terms also state that the Company meets the criteria for a "school official" under FERPA.
The terms specify that the service does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13 without verified parental consent - and for applications used within schools, the terms state that this consent can be provided by the school. However, if personal information is collected, the service allows users to access, update, or correct their Personal Information.
The service states they meet FERPA's requirements for qualifying as a school official because they give the school direct control over the use and maintenance of the education records. The terms also state that the Service does not re-disclose or use this personal information except for the purposes of providing the learning platform to the school.
Teachers are strongly encouraged to review the parental consent procedures within their school or district before sharing student information.