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Updated January 1, 1970

Starfall Learn to Read

  • Privacy policies do not indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are not shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual 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.
  • 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.
Use with Caution
Basic evaluation
A basic privacy evaluation answers key questions about a product's policies covering issues of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.
Overview

Starfall Learn to Read is a complete beginning phonics instruction and practice resource. The policies for Starfall Learn to Read do not address how users interact with the service and whether there are any methods for users to interact with one another or to submit content on the service. The policies are clear that the service does not share any of the personal information it collects from users with third parties and will only use the information it collects to operate the service. They are also clear that the service does not target ads on the platform to children. When discussing security, the policies only indicate that the service employs encryption to protect purchases made on the service, but do not address any of the security measures in place to protect the personal information it holds about users. Finally, Starfall Learn to Read's policies clearly state that the service is directed at children, but no personal information is collected from children.

Starfall Learn to Read can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store, Amazon, and the Google Play Store. The Privacy Policy used for this evaluation can be found on Starfall Learn to Read’s website, iOS App Store, Amazon, and the Google Play 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.
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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