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Updated January 23, 2018

Actively Learn

  • 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.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is not displayed.
  • 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 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
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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

Actively Learn allows teachers to create instructional content and students to create base content that includes rich media in their reading experiences. The terms state they collect only the information required to provide the service, and only share non-personal data with third parties. The terms also state they will protect a user's data with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to protect against unauthorized use and disclosure of personal information. Lastly, the terms state that a school or educator is responsible for compliance with COPPA or FERPA, and they require verifiable parental consent before a student or child under 13 can register for the service.

Actively Learn can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Actively Learn’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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Actively Learn allows teachers to create instructional content and students to create base content that includes rich media in their reading experiences. The terms state this content is available for the student, class, and associated educator. However, a user can choose to share their discussions, notes, questions, feedback or ideas with other individuals.

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 of Actively Learn state they collect a limited amount of personal information from a user to provide the rich media learning experience. The terms state that personal information the Service collects is different for teachers and staff, students under 18, and children under 13. In addition, the terms state they do not sell or lease student or teacher personal information to third parties for their advertising, marketing, or other non-educational purposes. However, any non-personal information collected by the vendor can be used, transferred, or disclosed for any purpose.

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 of Actively Learn state they will protect a user's data with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to protect against unauthorized use and disclosure of personal information. The terms also state they use 2-factor authentication whenever possible and encrypt all data at rest and in transit between the Actively Learn web application and Actively Learn's servers using TLS/SSL.

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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Actively Learn's terms state that a school or educator is responsible for compliance with COPPA or FERPA and they require verifiable parental consent before a student or child under 13 can register for the service. The terms state the Service will respond to any requests to access, modify, or delete a user's data to remain in compliance. In addition, the Service may share personal information with a teacher’s or student’s educational institution for authorized educational or school related purposes.

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.