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Updated January 23, 2018

Angry Birds

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by advertising or tracking 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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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

Angry Birds is a well known consumer based game that is used in some classrooms to introduce a range of academic subjects. The terms of Angry Birds state they do not provide social interactions between users, but do allow users to make personal information visible to others in forums, blogs, or chats. Angry Birds's terms state they may collect personal information and non-personal analytical information from its users. The terms state the Service follows generally accepted industry standards and maintains reasonable safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of users' information. Lastly, the terms state the Service does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age and its partners do not collect non-personally identifiable data from children.

Angry Birds can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Angry Birds’ website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play 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
  • Intended for children under 13.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for teens.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for adults over 18.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for parents or guardians.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for students.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • Geolocation data are collected.
  • 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.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product requires parental consent to be obtained.
  • 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.
  • Children's personal information is deleted 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 Angry Birds state they do not provide social interactions between users, but do allow users to make personal information visible to others in forums, blogs, or chats. Any data that a user discloses in any forum, blog, or chat may become public information, and the terms state users should have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality with respect to that data.

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 Angry Birds state they may collect personal information and non-personal analytics information from its users. Angry Birds' terms state they may collect mobile geo-location information from users to provide location related services and advertisements. The Service may also share a user’s de-identified and anonymous mobile geo-location with third parties. In addition, the terms state the Service may supplement a user’s data with information received from third parties in connection with demographic, advertisement, market, or other analytics based surveys or services.

The terms state the Service may also combine information collected from its users with information obtained through social networking sites and third-party ad serving technologies. Lastly, the terms state the Service or third parties may display behaviorally targeted advertising to users and use demographic and geo-location information as well as information collected from a user's hardware or device to ensure that relevant advertising is displayed.

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 Angry Birds state they follow generally accepted industry security standards and maintain reasonable safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of users' information. However, the terms do not contain additional information about data security practices or whether a user's personal information is encrypted while in transit or while at rest.

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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The terms of Angry Birds state they do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age, and its third-party partners do not collect non-personally identifiable data from children. The terms state that features and services such as social networking plug-ins, behaviorally targeted advertising, and collection of data for the purpose of building user profiles are not available to users under 13. The terms state the Service also does not allow third-party partners who engage in these practices to access personally identifiable data from users under 13.

Angry Birds's terms state they do not directly target children under 13 years of age, but the Service would likely still appeal to children under 13 years of age due to the type of game play provided and cartoon based content. In addition, Angry Birds's terms state they do not provide an age-gate or other age verification method and therefore the Service does not obtain actual knowledge if children under 13 are using the application. The terms state that if the Service learns it has inadvertently gathered personal data from children under 13 years of age, the Service will take reasonable measures to promptly delete such personal information. Lastly, the terms state the Service provides users the ability to review, update, or correct their personal data.

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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