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Updated January 24, 2018

Capit

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service 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

Capit is a fee-based platform that supports the development of reading skills in early learners from pre-Kindergarten to Second Grade. Capit's terms specify that students cannot communicate with each other privately using the application, and that parents or teachers need to create accounts to view the information of students that are affiliated with them. The terms state that Capit collects name, username, gender, date of birth, teacher, and grade about students. This information will generally be provided to Capit by the parent or teacher signing up for the service. The terms state that Capit encrypts data in transit using SSL, and that their software development process incorporates steps to prevent attacks. Capit's terms clearly state that they only collect information from children under 13 if their parent has signed them up for the service, or if a school or district has implemented the service.

Capit can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Capit’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.
  • Intended for teens.
  • Intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • Geolocation data are not collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects biometric or health data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects behavioral data.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service limits parental consent 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service discloses FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • 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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Capit's terms specify that students cannot communicate with each other privately using the application, and that parents or teachers need to create accounts to view the information of students that are affiliated with them. Because this is not a free service, the barrier to entry is higher because people need to provide a credit card or other form of verifiable payment to access the site. The terms state that a parent or guardian, or, if applicable a school or district administrator, can view or remove Children's Personal Information associated with an account.

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 Capit state they collect name, username, gender, date of birth, teacher, and grade information about students. This information will generally be provided to Capit by the parent or teacher signing up for the service.

The terms specify that users can request deletion of their account, but do not provide details about how long the company will take to act on that request. The terms also specify that California residents can ask for information about categories of information shared with third parties, and the addresses of those third parties. The terms also specify that third parties supporting Capit can receive Personal Information or Children's Personal Information to the extent that they need this information to support Capit. However, the terms do not list these third parties, their privacy policies, or any contractual limits placed on potential reuse or recombination of this information.

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 Capit state they encrypt data in transit using SSL, and that their software development process incorporates steps to prevent attacks. However, the terms do not specify whether or not data is encrypted at rest, or any procedural or physical safeguards in place to protect against unauthorized access. Lastly, their terms do not contain details about notification to users 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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Capit is not a free service and the only way a child can access Capit is if a parent joins the service or if a school or district signs up for the service. Capit's terms clearly state that they only collect information from children under 13 if their parent has signed them up for the service, or if a school or district has implemented the service. In cases where a school or district has implemented the service, the terms state that teachers, schools, and/or districts are responsible for obtaining all required parental consent.

Capit's terms state that information can be updated or deleted, or parental consent can be withdrawn, by contacting Capit. The terms do not specify how much time will be required to address requests for updates or deletions. The terms also specify that a minor's use of the service will never be conditioned on collecting more information than needed to provide the service.

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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