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Updated December 19, 2018

MasteryConnect

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are not shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Data are not collected by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are not used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Third parties cannot 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.
Use with Caution
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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

The MasteryConnect Services are a classroom tool and resource that teacher can use as part of their classroom activities to identify levels of student understanding around their instruction on a real-time basis. The terms state the service may share a teacher's personal data with other teachers through a teacher’s profile and/or newsfeed, depending on the newsfeed privacy settings. In addition, the terms state the service may collect personal and non-personal data from users affiliated with a particular school or other educational institution or organization who are teachers or administrators, students, or children under the age of 13. The terms state the service has implemented a variety of security measures to protect the personal data they collect from children and students from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Lastly, the COPPA Privacy Policy included in the terms states it is designed to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") and contains important information about how the service may collect, use, and disclose the personal information they collect from children under 13 years old.

MasteryConnect can be accessed through its website. The following applications are available for download:

The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on MasteryConnect’s website. 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 state the service may share a teacher's personal data with other teachers through a teacher’s profile and/or newsfeed, depending on the newsfeed privacy settings. In addition, the terms state the service may share a teacher's personal data with students and parents, but limited to only the teacher’s name and School. A child may not make his or her personal information public through our services, although teachers may choose to share a child’s information and responses with the child’s classmates or with other teachers. Parents should be aware if teachers publish any comments to a newsfeed, educational materials, resource pins or other items or forums they may be publicly viewable by other users in the MasteryConnect community.

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 state the service may collect personal and non-personal data from users affiliated with a particular school or other educational institution or organization who are teachers or administrators, students, or children under the age of 13. In addition, the terms state the service will not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary. Further, the terms state the service will not collect a child’s name, contact information, or other personal information directly unless a teacher or school requests it.

The terms also specify that personal information may be used to send users news and newsletters, special offers, and promotions from MasteryConnect, or to otherwise contact users with information they think may be of interest related to MasteryConnect products and services. However, the terms state the service will not sell children's personal information or send marketing or promotional materials to student users. Lastly, the terms state the service does not host third party advertisements and do not provide personal data to third parties for their own marketing purposes. However, the terms are unclear whether the service uses personal information from children or students to display their own contextual or behavioral advertisements on the service.

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 state the service has implemented a variety of security measures to protect the personal data they collect from children and students from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Additionally, the terms state the service protects users' login information and the transmission of data using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology. However, the terms do not disclose if notification is provided 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 COPPA Privacy Policy included in the terms states it is designed to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") and contains important information about how the service may collect, use, and disclose the personal information they collect from children under thirteen years old.

In addition, when a teacher uses the services in the classroom or an educational setting, such as to sign students up for the services, or to assign activities to students and track their progress, the teacher is required to provide consent to the collection and use of personal information from and about children as required under COPPA and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Parents should be aware that teachers and the schools or other academic institutions with which the teachers and students are affiliated, are also responsible for providing parents with notice about how personal information from children is collected and used by the service. If a parent has questions about their child's or teacher's use of the services and any information collected, they should discuss their questions with the child's teacher or school.

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.

Please be in touch with any questions or feedback.