Basic privacy evaluation | See all
Updated June 4, 2019


  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personal information publicly.
  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
  • Notice is not provided in the event of a data breach.
  • Parental consent is required.
Indicates that the product meets all our required privacy safeguards, but more research should be completed prior to use.
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Basic evaluation
A basic privacy evaluation answers key questions about a product's policies covering issues of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.

ThinkCERCA teaches critical thinking through argumentative writing and a personalized literacy platform for English language arts, science, social studies, and more. The terms of ThinkCERCA encourage users to avoid including personally identifiable information in resources and lessons that will be shared or made public, and the service does not moderate content or interactions. ThinkCERCA's terms state they collect personal information such as a student's name, email address, and a school-designated course code, and students, teachers, and parents may enter additional information about students, including student grade level and assignment feedback. In addition, the terms state ThinkCERCA does not use personal information for marketing purposes, to engage in targeted advertising, or to amass a profile of an individual student other than for K12 educational purposes. ThinkCERCA's terms state that they take reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality and security of personal information collected from users of the Service. Additionally, the terms state that the tool is intended for students and their teachers, and parents must agree to the terms on behalf of their children prior to any use of the service.

ThinkCERCA can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use used for this evaluation can be found on ThinkCERCA’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.
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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