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Updated April 18, 2018

BrainPOP

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service is intended for teens.
  • Not intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
  • Service does allow free account creation.
  • Service offers a paid version or in-app-purchases.
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects geolocation data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Use Responsibly
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

BrainPOP is a subscription service that provides access to animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, and concept mapping. An add-on subscription called “My BrainPOP” lets teachers customize assessments, incorporate gaming into instruction, and keep track of learning. The terms specify that students cannot communicate privately with each other, and within My BrainPOP, students can only interact with teachers who created the My BrainPOP class. The terms make a distinction between BrainPOP and MyBrainPOP, and state that schools can use BrainPOP without sharing any personal data from students. The terms state that BrainPOP encrypts data in transit, and has their servers located in physically secure locations. In the terms, BrainPOP specifies that they are acting as a School Official under FERPA. *Disclosure: Common Sense Education content is included as a third-party game in BrainPOP.

BrainPOP can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on BrainPOP’s website. 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 service is intended for teens.
  • Not intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects geolocation data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • Parental consent is limited with respect to third parties.
  • Parents can withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are provided.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • FERPA parental consent exceptions are not disclosed.
  • Parental consent obligations are transferred to 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 BrainPop specify that students cannot communicate privately with each other, and within My BrainPOP, students can only interact with teachers who created the My BrainPOP class. The terms state in order for a teacher to create a My BrainPOP class, they must be invited by the appointed school administrator. The terms state the work within BrainPop is primarily directed by teachers, and the terms indicate that parent accounts are available. Lastly, the terms state access to accounts is controlled via access codes created by school staff and teachers.

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 BrainPop make a distinction between BrainPOP and MyBrainPOP, and state that schools can use BrainPOP without sharing any personal data from students. While the terms of service do not list third party service providers, the terms specify that third parties are "bound contractually to practice adequate security measures and only use your information for the sole purpose of providing the services." The terms specify that the Service will not share any information for marketing or advertising purposes. The terms also state that some third parties are allowed to place cookies on the website and collect and use information directly.

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 BrainPOP state they encrypt data in transit, and have their servers located in physically secure locations. The terms also state that access to data is restricted to specific staff, and that all people with access to student records pass criminal background checks. The terms also state they have a regular program of updating their software, paired with regular security audits.

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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In the terms, BrainPOP specifies that they are acting as a School Official under FERPA. The terms specify that any user under the age of 13 needs to "get permission from your parent/legal guardian before using this website or app or sending any e-mail to us." Schools maintain control over student records, and while the terms do not specify details, it appears that schools or teachers are responsible for obtaining any needed parental consent. Teachers signing up for BrainPOP should make sure that they have the required authority in their district, and verifiable parental consent.

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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