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Updated January 23, 2018

Actively Learn

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service allows third parties to use data to create ad profiles, data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
Use with Caution
The privacy evaluation process categorizes edtech tools into the following three tiers:
Use Responsibly
Indicates that the service meets the minimum criteria and more research should be completed prior to use.
Use with Caution
Indicates that the service does not clearly define the safeguards to protect student information.
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Overall Evaluationinfo-bubble
This Overall Evaluation 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.

Key Points
Intended Use
  • Intended for children under 13.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service is intended for teens.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service is intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects geolocation data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects biometric or health data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects behavioral data.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are provided.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service discloses FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Parental consent obligations are transferred to the school or district.
SafetyPromoting responsible usearrow
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 informationarrow
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 accessarrow
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 regulationsarrow
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.

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