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Privacy Evaluation for Social Story Creator Educators

Last updated March 26, 2020

Overview

Social Stories Creator gives parents an opportunity to create social stories. "Social stories," originally developed by Carol Gray, director of the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, are short vignettes with calm, encouraging information and direction, created by a parent, teacher, or caregiver to help a child with a skill, concept, or situation that involves an emotional or social component. According to the terms of Social Story Creator Educators, the application collects user provided information after downloading as well as automatically collected information about the user's device. The terms state information is shared with third parties to improve the product and that there are limits on how third parties can use this data. The terms of Social Story Creator Educators do not clearly state if user information is used for advertising purposes. According to Social Story Creator Educators terms, users may upload content to the product, but the terms do not specify whether or not content is moderated. The terms of Social Story Creator Educators do not clearly state whether or not user data is encrypted in transit and at rest. According to Social Story Creator Educators the terms, the parents are responsible for keeping track of their child's information. The terms state that a parent may delete their children's data if they find out it was given without their consent.

Social Stories Creator can be accessed and downloaded at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on the iOS App Store. 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.
  • Unclear if the categories of personally identifiable information collected are indicated.
  • Collection or use of data is not limited to product requirements.
  • Geolocation data are not collected.
  • Unclear whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Non-personally identifiable information is collected.
Not yet answered
  • Did not evaluate whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • 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: 50%

What data does it share?

  • Collected information is shared with third parties.
  • Unclear whether the categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
  • The purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • Data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Unclear whether this product supports social or federated login.
  • Contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
Not yet answered
  • 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 with third-party service providers.
  • Did not evaluate whether the roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
Data Security
SCORE: 17%

How does it secure data?

  • Unclear whether this product requires account creation.
  • Unclear whether parental controls or managed accounts are available.
  • Industry best practices are used to protect data.
  • 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.
Not yet answered
  • 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: 63%

What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access and review user data are available.
  • Unclear whether this product provides processes to modify inaccurate data.
  • Processes for the school, parents, or students to delete data are available.
Not yet answered
  • 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: 25%

Is the data sold?

  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • User information can be transferred to a third party.
  • Data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
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 contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying deidentified information.
Data Safety
SCORE: 0%

How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personal information publicly.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
Not yet answered
  • 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: 17%

Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or targeted advertising.
  • Unclear whether this product allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Unclear whether this product uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
Not yet answered
  • 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: 33%

Can I provide parental consent?

  • Unclear whether intended for children under 13.
  • Personal information from children under 13 years of age is not collected online.
  • Parental consent is not required.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are not provided.
Not yet answered
  • 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.