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Updated January 23, 2018

Akindi

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product 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

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.

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