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Updated January 23, 2018

Class123

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is displayed.
  • 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

Class 123 provides a free classroom management tool with various tools for students and teachers. Class 123's terms do not disclose whether social interactions between students or adults are permitted, or whether a student's information is visible to other classmates or the public. Class123's terms state they collect personally identifiable information from students, teachers, and parents. Class123's terms state they minimize the amount of personal information they collect from a user at the time of registration. In addition, the terms state Class123 limits the number of employees that handle personal information, and conducts training for its employees to enforce the implementation and compliance of its privacy policy. Lastly, Class123's terms state they provide a student, parent, and teacher account where information about a student or child under 13 is entered into the service by the parent or teacher with a class participation code.

Class123 can be accessed through its website. Teacher Class123 is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. Student Class123 is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. Parent Class123 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 Class123’s website. However, the Privacy Policy is not included at any of the iOS App Store download locations. The Google Play Store contain a link to http://bravepops.com/privacy but this URL redirects to https://class123.ac which does not contain the privacy policy. 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service is 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects geolocation data.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service deletes children's personal information if collected without parental consent.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
  • 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service transfers parental consent obligations to the 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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Class123's terms do not disclose whether social interactions between students or adults are permitted, or whether a student's information is visible to other classmates or the public.

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 Class123 state they collect personally identifiable information from students, teachers, and parents. Class123's terms state they minimize the amount of personal information they collect from a user at the time of registration, and do not disclose a user’s personal information to a third party, or for use without a user’s prior consent. The terms of Class123 specify how personally identifiable information is accessed, modified, retained, and deleted, but not how information is handled in the event of a bankruptcy, merger, or acquisition. Class123 has mobile apps for parents in the Google Play store and iOS store, but neither of these apps contain a working link to a privacy policy; see https://vimeo.com/185029983 for details.

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 Class123 state they limit the number of employees that handle personal information, and conduct training for its employees to enforce the implementation and compliance of its privacy policy. In addition, the terms state a user’s passwords are encrypted, and the user is the only individual authorized to check, revise, or delete their personal information. Class123's terms do not disclose how information is handled in transit or in storage, although a visual inspection indicates that logins require encryption.

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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The terms of Class123 state they provide a student, parent, and teacher account where information about a student or child under 13 is entered into the service by the parent or teacher with a class participation code. In addition, the terms state parents or guardians are provided access to correct the personal information of their own children under 13 years of age through the service with an account code. The terms specify a parent account code is the combination of numbers that are randomly generated to identify individual students and to protect their privacy. However, Class123's terms do not provide details about how a parent or teacher should obtain verifiable parental consent to collect a student's information.

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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