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Updated January 10, 2018

Chalkup

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • 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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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

Chalkup is a learning management system that supports class discussion, planning calendars, resource sharing, assignments, and grading. The Service supports interactions between students and adults within the class space. The terms state data collected in the site can include name, user name, email address, phone number, profile picture, school affiliation and location, as well as schoolwork, discussions, and other interactions. However, the terms do not specify whether data is encrypted at rest, or any physical or administrative safeguards in place to protect user data. Chalkup's terms indicate that schools, districts, or teachers are solely responsible for obtaining parental consent to comply with COPPA for users under the age of 13, however, the terms do not contain details about FERPA.

Chalkup can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Chalkup’s website, and iOS App Store. 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service is 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
  • COPPA parental consent exceptions are not disclosed.
  • 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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Chalkup's terms state they support interactions between students and adults within the class space. The terms specify that Chalkup has no obligation to monitor content stored on the site, or interactions between users on the site. The terms contain a general contact email, but do not specify any contact information for reporting inappropriate content, or for reporting copyright violations.

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 state data collected by Chalkup may include name, user name, email address, phone number, profile picture, school affiliation and location, as well as schoolwork, discussions, and other interactions. The terms state schoolwork can include written work, pictures, and video content. In addition, the terms specify that in some cases, Chalkup will work with affiliated businesses to sell products or provide services. The terms do not provide information about third parties used to support the site, or specific details about contractual limitations placed on third party use of data.

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 Chalkup do not specify whether data is encrypted at rest, or describe any physical or administrative safeguards in place to protect user data. The terms also do not contain specific information on breach notification or incident response. However, Chalkup's terms do state they use coding practices which take steps to prevent attack on their services from web browsers and malicious scripts.

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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Chalkup's terms indicate that schools, districts, or teachers are solely responsible for obtaining parental consent to comply with COPPA for users under the age of 13. However, the terms do not contain details about the creation of education records under FERPA. The terms also specify that any person who is not of legal age to form a binding contract may only use the services with the consent of a parent or a legal guardian.

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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