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Privacy Evaluation for Peekapak

Last updated June 14, 2021

Overview

Peekapak is a subscription-based website that offers lessons and resources for teachers to use to teach social and emotional learning skills. The terms of Peekapak state that they do collect personal information during registration or during direct interactions with the company. The terms go on to state that they do share information with service providers to support the business, but contractually require those third parties to protect the personal information. Peekapak's terms clearly state that they do not collect personal information for sale or marketing purposes, nor do they share it with third parties for advertising or marketing purposes. According to the terms, they do not display traditional or contextual advertising. The terms state that they do not use third parties to track users, locally or across the internet, but do use cookies to track usage themselves. The terms state that student accounts can be linked to teacher accounts. Peekapak's terms state that they use reasonable security, and also encrypt all data in transit; they also encrypt student personal information at rest, but do not mention how they treat other data at rest. The terms further state that they will inform users of a security breach. The terms state that teachers can publish posts that can be seen by a student's other teachers, if those other teachers have been provided access, but that interaction between users is otherwise not supported, and users cannot upload external content. The terms clearly state that no personal information is ever publicly displayed through the service. The terms state that users can access, modify, or request deletion of their personal information. Finally, the terms state that the service's intended audience includes children, students, and schools, and that parental consent is required for children, though, if used at a school, it is the school's responsibility to obtain the consent.

Peekapak can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on Peekapak’s website. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Data Collection
SCORE: 50%

What data does it collect?

  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected.
  • Collection or use of data is not limited to product requirements.
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  • Did not evaluate whether the categories of collected personally identifiable information are indicated.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects geolocation data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects behavioral data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects non-personally identifiable information.
  • Did not evaluate whether opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
  • Did not evaluate whether personal information of users is collected by a third party.
Data Sharing
SCORE: 100%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • The categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • Social or federated login is supported.
  • Contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
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  • Did not evaluate whether the purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • Did not evaluate whether the categories of third parties that receive personal information are indicated.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for analytics.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared with third-party service providers.
  • Did not evaluate whether the roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
Data Security
SCORE: 67%

How does it secure data?

  • Unclear whether this product requires account creation.
  • Parental controls or managed accounts are available.
  • Industry best practices are used to protect data.
  • All data in transit are encrypted.
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data at rest.
  • Notice is provided in the event of a data breach.
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  • Did not evaluate whether a user's identity is verified with additional personal information.
  • Did not evaluate whether two-factor account protection is available.
  • Did not evaluate whether third-party contractual security protections are required.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product limits employee or physical access to user information.
Data Rights
SCORE: 88%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access and review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
  • Processes for the school, parents, or students to delete data are available.
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  • Did not evaluate whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • Did not evaluate whether the product provides a data-retention policy.
  • Did not evaluate whether a user's data are deleted upon account cancellation or termination.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product deletes data when no longer necessary.
  • Did not evaluate whether permissions, roles, or access controls are available to restrict who has access to data.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides users the ability to download their data.
Data Sold
SCORE: 75%

Is the data sold?

  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether users can opt out from the disclosure or sale of their data to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether users are notified if their information is transferred to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether user information can be deleted prior to its transfer to a third party.
  • Did not evaluate whether third-party transfers are contractually required to use the same privacy practices.
  • Did not evaluate whether user information is shared in an anonymous or deidentified format.
  • Did not evaluate whether the vendor describes their deidentification process of user information.
  • Did not evaluate whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Did not evaluate whether contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying deidentified information.
Data Safety
SCORE: 75%

How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
  • Personal information is not displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
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  • Did not evaluate whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Did not evaluate whether profile information is shared for social interactions.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product allows users to control how their data are displayed.
  • Did not evaluate whether user-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the vendor.
  • Did not evaluate whether social interactions of users are logged.
  • Did not evaluate whether users can report abuse or cyberbullying.
Ads & Tracking
SCORE: 100%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are not displayed.
  • Behavioral or targeted advertising is not displayed.
  • 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.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
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  • Did not evaluate whether this vendor can send marketing messages.
  • Did not evaluate whether this vendor provides promotional sweepstakes, contests, or surveys.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides users the ability to opt-out of traditional, contextual, or behavioral advertising.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides users the ability to opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
Parental Consent
SCORE: 100%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Parental consent is required.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are provided.
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  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects personal information online from children under 13 years of age.
  • Did not evaluate whether intended for parents or guardians.
  • Did not evaluate whether vendor has actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • Did not evaluate whether children's privacy is applicable.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
School Purpose
SCORE: 100%

Is the product intended for school?

  • Intended for students.
  • Product is primarily used by, designed for, and marketed toward students in grades preK–12.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether personal information or education records are collected from preK-12 students.
  • Did not evaluate whether intended for teachers.
  • Did not evaluate whether the product creates education records.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product provides notification of a contract or additional rights.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product designates the vendor as a school official.
  • Did not evaluate whether this product transfers parental consent obligations to the school or district.
  • Did not evaluate whether the vendor indicates FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Did not evaluate 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.