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Updated March 18, 2019

Angry Birds

  • Privacy policies do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Third parties can 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.
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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

Angry Birds is a well known consumer based game with multi-colored birds who try to save their eggs from green-colored pigs. Angry Birds is also used in some classrooms to introduce a range of academic subjects. The terms of Angry Birds state they provide social interactions between users through in-game chats and messages with other players. The terms of Angry Birds state they may collect personal information and non-personal analytics information from its users. 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. Lastly, 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.

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.

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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 Angry Birds state they provide social interactions between users through in-game chats and messages with other players. Also, the terms state Angry Birds allows users to make personal information visible to others in forums, blogs, or chats. Parents should be aware that any data 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 their social interactions when using the service.

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 also 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. The terms do not state whether they may sell a user's data. However, the terms do state that 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 track users 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. The measures the service adopts are designed to provide a level of security appropriate for the degree of risk involved with processing users' personal information. In addition, the terms state a user's personal information is encrypted while in transit or while at rest. However, the terms do not disclose if users are notified in the event 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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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.

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 beyond Facebook integration, and therefore the service does not obtain actual knowledge if children under 13 are using the service. The terms also state that if the service learns it has inadvertently gathered personal data from children under 13 years of age, they will take reasonable measures to promptly delete that 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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