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Updated January 10, 2018

Chalkup

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/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.
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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

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.

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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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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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