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Updated February 5, 2018

Class Charts

  • Privacy policies do not 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.
  • Data are not used 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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Overview

Class Charts creates school seating plans, puts behavior tracking online, and supports sharing homework assignments. The terms of Class Charts do not contain details on visibility of content within the site between teacher, parent, and student accounts. Class Charts's terms state they collect information from a user during registration, where a user is required to give their contact information, name and email address. Class Charts requires all of their staff to undergo a criminal background check. The terms specify that Class Charts uses Geo-Trust 256 bit SSL encryption for all data in transit and that they encrypt key data at rest. Class Charts provides a Terms of Service Agreement and a Privacy Policy. However, the Terms of Service contain a verbatim copy of the Privacy Statement, and neither the Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy contain an effective or version date. The lack of an "effective" date is a violation of the requirements of CalOPPA, and the duplicate policies on two separate pages makes changes more difficult to track over time.

ClassCharts can be accessed through its website. ClassCharts Teachers is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. ClassCharts Students is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. ClassCharts Parents is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store.

The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on ClassCharts ' website, and iOS App Store, and the Google Play 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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The terms of Class Charts do not contain details on the visibility of content within the Service between teacher, parent, or student accounts. In addition, the terms also do not contain details on any possible social interactions between users..

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 Class Charts state they collect information from a user during registration, where a user is required to give their contact information, name and email address. In addition, Class Charts' terms state they use cookies to automatically collect and store information about a user. Class Charts' terms state student data will never be disclosed, published, or shared with third parties. However, the terms also specify that third party software integrated with Class Charts are governed under the terms of the third party providers. Class Charts does not disclose whether a student, parent, or teacher can access, modify, or delete their information, whether Class Charts displays advertising, or whether Class Charts can transfer a user's information to a third party in the event of a merger, bankruptcy, or acquisition.

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 Class Charts state they require all of their staff to undergo a criminal background check. The terms specify that Class Charts uses Geo-Trust 256 bit SSL encryption for all data in transit and that they encrypt key data at rest. The terms state that they employ a penetration testing company to ensure their systems are secure, and system security tests are performed on a regular basis. Class Charts' terms also specify that they are registered with the EU Data Protection Commissioner and that they comply with all aspects of the Data Protection Act.

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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Class Charts provides a Terms of Service Agreement and a Privacy Policy. However, the Terms of Service contain a verbatim copy of the Privacy Statement, and neither the Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy contain an effective or version date. The lack of an "effective" date is a violation of the requirements of CalOPPA, and the duplicate policies on two separate pages makes changes more difficult to track over time.

Class Charts's terms state they require the school to be solely responsible for complying with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"), which requires parental consent for online collection of personal information from children under 13 years of age. As specified in the terms, schools using Class Charts must obtain advance written consent from all parents whose children access the service. When obtaining consent, a parent must provide a copy of Class Chart's privacy policy and the vendor provides a link for parents to additional resources for COPPA compliance with the FTC. Lastly, Class Charts' terms state they require the school to keep signed verifiable parental consent forms on file and provide them upon request.

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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