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.
: Promoting responsible use
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.
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.
: Protecting collected information
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.
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.
: Protecting against unauthorized access
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.
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.
: Following statutory laws and regulations
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.
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 evaluation is independent from the Common Sense edtech tool review. Privacy evaluations are designed to clarify how a service protects information, which will allow people to make informed decisions before using a tool with students.