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Updated January 10, 2018

Learn Spanish by MindSnacks

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Unclear whether this product allows data collection 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

Learn Spanish by MindSnacks allows users to learn to speak & read Spanish, all by playing games on the go. With 9 addictive games designed for essential vocabulary & conversation skills, MindSnacks’ Spanish app is perfect for adults, kids, students or globetrotters visiting any Spanish-speaking country. Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state in their terms that participating in message boards could make personal information publicly visible to others. In addition, Learn Spanish by MindSnacks terms state they collect personal information from users when they register for the Service, such as their email address, first, and last name. The terms do not disclose additional details about data security practices, or whether personal information is encrypted while in transit or while at rest, or whether the company provides notice to users in the event of a data breach. Lastly, the terms of Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state for applications directed to children under the age of 13, they do not require an email address. The terms also state that children under the age of 13 should not register for the company's "general audience" mobile apps.

Learn Spanish by MindSnacks is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on MindSnacks’ website and iOS App 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 Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state that participating in message boards could make users’ personal information publicly visible to others. The terms also specify that people can connect other social services and that usernames and passwords for connected third-party services are collected and passed by the Service. The terms also state that users are responsible for their interactions with other users, and that MindSnacks has no obligation to be involved in any disputes. In addition, the terms do not contain details about any monitoring of social interactions. In the terms, MindSnacks encourages parents and legal guardians to become involved in the online activities of their children.

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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The terms of Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state they collect personal information from users when they register for the Service, such as their email address, first, and last name. In addition, the Service automatically collects usage information via cookies. The terms state they do not share or sell a user’s personal information with third parties. However, the terms also state personally identifying information can be shared with subsidiaries or affiliates. The terms also state MindSnacks may conduct research on user demographics using interests and behavior from a user's personal information and other non-identifiable information. The terms state that any research provided to third parties will be compiled and analyzed by the Service on an aggregate and de-identified basis. Lastly, the terms state that the Service does not track users across other third-party websites.

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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The terms of Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state they take reasonable steps to protect a user's personal data provided through the Service from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, the terms do not disclose any additional details about data security practices, or whether personal information is encrypted while in transit or while at rest, or whether the Service provides notice to users in the event of a data breach.

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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The terms of Learn Spanish by MindSnacks state for applications directed to children under the age of 13, they do not require an email address. The terms also state that children under the age of 13 should not register for the company's "general audience" mobile apps. As a practical matter, however, the effectiveness of these terms require that a parent or a child under the age of 13 would have an understanding of COPPA, read these terms of service, and understand the difference between an app directed to someone under 13, and an app directed for someone older than 13.

The terms state that if MindSnacks obtains actual knowledge that a child under 13 has stored Personal Information with the Service, the company will seek parental consent in accordance with COPPA. In addition, if a user is under 18 years old, the terms state that they may use parts of the Service, with or without registering, only with the approval of their parent or guardian. Full use of general-audience apps requires registering and creating a user account, and submitting personally identifiable information.

Lastly, MindSnacks' general audience apps would likely appeal to children under 13 and students in K-12. The definition of what constitutes "appeal" takes several factors into account, including subject matter, visual content, age of models, and the activities provided. If the Service is used in a school classroom, the terms do not sufficiently disclose information about potential compliance obligations under FERPA, with respect to the creation of student education records.

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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