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Updated January 23, 2018

Akindi

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual 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 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

Akindi is a mobile app that allows users to quickly grade assessments with their mobile camera and get immediate results, insights, and analysis. Akindi offers different levels of the service, ranging from free to fee-based that integrates with learning management systems. When using Akindi, teachers upload information about students. Akindi's FAQs describe using school-assigned student IDs, along with student names, to connect grades with students. Akindi's terms state that Akindi will "take appropriate physical, technical, and organizational measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction." Lastly, Akindi's terms do not mention FERPA, school official status under FERPA, or parental consent.

Akindi can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Akindi’s website and iOS App 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.
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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The terms of Akindi state it is a grading program, with most activity in the service coming from teachers. The terms of service prohibit offensive or abusive behavior, but do not provide details about if, how, or where this behavior could occur within the system.

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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When using Akindi, teachers upload information about students. Akindi's FAQ describes using school-assigned student IDs, along with student names, to connect grades with students. Akindi's terms do not contain details about any third parties used to support the service. The terms also do not contain details about how data will be handled in case of a sale, merger, or bankruptcy.

The terms also state that Akindi will keep "personal information only as long as we need it for the purposes for which we collected it, or as permitted by law." It is unclear from the terms if or how Akindi tracks various laws and requirements about data deletion, and how these requirements would be applied.

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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Akindi's terms state that Akindi will "take appropriate physical, technical, and organizational measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction." However, the terms do not contain any details on whether data is encrypted at rest or in transit. In addition, the terms do not contain details about how users will be notified in case of a data breach.

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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Akindi's terms do not mention FERPA, school official status under FERPA, or parental consent. The terms specify that Akindi will "provide ways for you to access your personal information, as required by law, so you can correct inaccuracies" but it is not clear how this would happen, and if this right to review extends to students or parents that have educational information stored in Akindi. If, as suggested in Akindi's FAQ at https://akindi.com/pages/faq, a teacher is using a school assigned student ID number to track students, the teacher should verify that school IDs have been designated as directory information under FERPA.

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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