Animoto

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Audience
Other (Staff etc.), Students, Teachers
Good To Know
Vendor requires parental consent managed by School
Privacy Policy
Policy length: 12,414 words
No. of policies: 5
Time to read: 98 minutes

App Overview

Animoto provides users the ability to create videos with photos and video clips from their Camera Roll, preset video styles, and songs. Users can share their videos via messages, email, Twitter, and Facebook. The policies provide a list of inappropriate content and behaviors that are not permitted on the Service. In addition, the terms state interest-based advertisements are displayed to the user unless they provide opt-out consent; in which case generic or traditional advertisements are displayed. Animoto's terms state they will keep a user's personal information secure by using current industry standards. Lastly, the policies clearly state that the Service is only intended for users over the age of 13.

Animoto 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 Animoto’s website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: Education Terms, Music Terms, and Upload Terms. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Safety
What's This?
Evaluating safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health.

The terms of Animoto state they provide publicly accessible blogs or community forums and users should be aware that any information they provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. The terms state the Service also provides a list of inappropriate content and behaviors that are not permitted on its website. However, Animoto's terms state they do not monitor or pre-screen submissions, but they retain the right to remove content for any reason. The terms state that Teachers are required when supervising students, to ensure the students will not publicly display, distribute or otherwise share videos through social networking or other public web pages. The terms state users may notify Animoto of content that might not comply with the Terms of Service by filling out a feedback form.

Privacy
What's This?
Evaluating privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information.

The terms of Animoto state they display interest-based advertisements to a user on the Service unless they provide opt-out consent, in which case generic or traditional advertisements are still displayed. Animoto's terms state they partner with a third party-service provider to gather information about a user's activities on the service, and other websites, in order to present interest-based advertising to a user.

The terms do not contain a comprehensive list of third parties used to support the service, and do not detail any contractual restrictions placed on third parties who collect data. In addition, Animoto terms state they support social login, and can gather information about a user from social login third-party service providers and any user data can be sold as part of a merger or acquisition. Lastly, users will be notified via email if the policies undergo material changes.

Security
What's This?
Evaluating security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data.

Animoto's terms state they will keep a user's personal information secure by using current industry standards. In addition, Animoto terms state they store data on Amazon servers, and restrict access to personal information to only selected Animoto staff and contractors. However, the terms do not describe if information collected is encrypted while in transit or while at rest. Lastly, videos and other user generated content on the Service appear to be obscured via complex URLs.

Compliance
What's This?
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.

Animoto's policies state the Service is only intended for users over the age of 13. Animoto also provides Educator terms that require schools to be responsible for obtaining parental consent assuring that use of Animoto by students are in full compliance with all applicable privacy and educational laws, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA").

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. The bars in the evaluations are not a measure of absolute safety or risk rather, they suggest areas to be considered and examined as part of using the application.

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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