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Updated October 16, 2018

Capit

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are not shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Unclear whether this product allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Unclear whether this product uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product allows third parties to 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.
Use with Caution
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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

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.

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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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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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