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Updated January 23, 2018

Class123

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is displayed.
  • 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

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.

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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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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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