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Privacy Evaluation for Kodable - Coding for Kids

Last updated January 10, 2020

Overview

Kodable's website describes its product as programming for kids with easy to follow lessons focused on student outcomes so users can teach their students to code. Kodable's policy asks users to let them know about inappropriate content of which the user becomes aware. Information collected under this policy may be used by Kodable and others. It could be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to user interests on Kodable's service and other websites and better understand the user's online activity. Kodable's policy indicates that during the registration process for teachers and parents, they will ask users to create an account, which includes name, an email address and a password. Kodable's policy indicates that it does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable Information information from children under 13 and that children may play its games without sharing information.

Kodable can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation may be downloaded as PDFs from Kodable’s website and the iOS App Store. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: End User License Agreement. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Safety

Kodable's policy asks users to let them know about inappropriate content of which the user becomes aware. If the user finds something that violates Kodable's guidelines, the policy indicates that Kodable will review it. However, there's not much in the policies to indicate that the users may interact with one another, upload content, or post anything publicly.

Privacy

Kodable indicates in its policies that it may collect information in connection with parent and teacher accounts. This may include name, email address, postal address, phone number, student information, teacher, class, or admin information, school information, payment information, and other information the user chooses to provide. Also, Kodable's policies explain that they automatically collect information about the user. The policy explain that the company collects log information about a user's use of the service, including the type of browser, access times, pages viewed, IP address and the page visited before Kodable's service. Information collected under this policy may be used by Kodable and others. It could be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to user interests on Kodable's service and other websites and better understand the user's online activity.

Security

Kodable's policy indicates that during the registration process for teachers and parents, they will ask users to create an account, which includes name, an email address and a password. According to the policies, children may use the platform, but may not create accounts on their own. Kodable notes in its policy that it takes reasonable measures to help protect information about users from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Compliance

Kodable's policy indicates that it does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable Information information from children under 13 and that children may play its games without sharing information. Kodable asks that if users are under age 18, please: (i) have their parent or legal guardian review this EULA; and (ii) do not install or play the Kodable Game without the permission of the parent, legal guardian, or teacher. Kodable's policy explains that users may update, correct or delete information about the user at any time by logging into their online account and editing the account information.

Data Collection
SCORE: 35%

What data does it collect?

  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected.
  • The categories of collected personally identifiable information are indicated.
  • Unclear whether the collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
  • Unclear whether this product collects geolocation data.
  • Unclear whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Unclear whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • Non-personally identifiable information is collected.
  • Unclear whether this product treats combined information as personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Personal information from children under 13 years of age is not collected online.
Data Sharing
SCORE: 65%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • The categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • The purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • Use of information is not limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
  • Data are shared for analytics.
  • Data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Data are shared with third-party service providers.
  • The roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
  • Unclear whether this product supports social or federated login.
  • Unclear whether contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
Data Security
SCORE: 30%

How does it secure data?

  • Unclear whether a user's identity is verified with additional personal information.
  • Account creation is required.
  • Parental controls or managed accounts are available.
  • Unclear whether two-factor account protection is available.
  • Unclear whether third-party contractual security protections are required.
  • Industry best practices are used to protect data.
  • Unclear whether this product limits employee or physical access to user information.
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data in transit.
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data at rest.
  • Unclear whether this product provides notice in the event of a data breach.
Data Rights
SCORE: 60%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Opt-in consent is not requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
  • Users can control their information through privacy settings.
  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Unclear whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • Processes to access and review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
  • Unclear whether the product provides a data-retention policy.
  • Processes for the school, parents, or students to delete data are available.
  • Processes to delete user data are available.
  • Unclear whether this product provides users the ability to download their data.
Data Sold
SCORE: 25%

Is the data sold?

  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether users can opt out from the disclosure or sale of their data to a third party.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party.
  • Users are not notified if their information is transferred to a third party.
  • Unclear whether user information can be deleted prior to its transfer to a third party.
  • Unclear whether third-party transfers are contractually required to use the same privacy practices.
  • User information is not shared in an anonymous or deidentified format.
  • Unclear whether the vendor describes their deidentification process of user information.
  • Data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Unclear whether contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying deidentified information.
Data Safety
SCORE: 10%

How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
  • Unclear whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether profile information is shared for social interactions.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personal information publicly.
  • Unclear whether this product allows users to control how their data are displayed.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the vendor.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
  • Unclear whether social interactions of users are logged.
  • Users can report abuse or cyberbullying.
Ads & Tracking
SCORE: 45%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Data are shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
  • Behavioral or targeted advertising is 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.
  • Data profiles are created and used for data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
  • The vendor can send marketing messages.
  • Unclear whether this vendor provides promotional sweepstakes, contests, or surveys.
  • Unclear whether this product provides users the ability to opt-out of traditional, contextual, or behavioral advertising.
  • Users can opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
Parental Consent
SCORE: 30%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Vendor does not have actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • Unclear whether children's privacy is applicable.
  • Unclear whether this product indicates COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Unclear whether this product requires parental consent.
  • Unclear whether this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • Unclear whether this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • Unclear whether this product deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
  • Unclear whether this product provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
School Purpose
SCORE: 50%

Is the product intended for school?

  • Intended for students.
  • Personal information or education records are not collected from preK-12 students.
  • Intended for teachers.
  • Product is primarily used by, designed for, and marketed toward students in grades preK–12.
  • Product does create education records.
  • Unclear whether this product provides notification of a contract or additional rights.
  • Unclear whether this product designates the vendor as a school official.
  • Unclear whether this product transfers parental consent obligations to the school or district.
  • Unclear whether the vendor indicates FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Unclear whether this product discloses directory information.

Common Sense Standard Privacy Report (SPR)

The standard privacy report (SPR) displays all the privacy practices from a product's policies in a single, easy-to-read outline. The report shows a green check mark for better privacy practices and an orange alert for risky or unclear practices. This alert indicates that more time should be focused on these particular details prior to use.

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 help educators make informed decisions about the potential privacy implications of educational technology used to support teaching and learning.

Our core evaluation criteria will always be freely available. People are encouraged to read the questions we use and our information security primer. Vendors are encouraged to use our questions and the information security primer to self-evaluate. You can also learn more about our evaluation process. Please be in touch with any questions or feedback.