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Updated January 23, 2018

Classkick

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Intended for teens.
  • Intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
  • Service does allow free account creation.
  • Service offers a paid version or in-app-purchases.
  • 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.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this service collects behavioral data.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Use Responsibly
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

Classkick provides teachers with real-time feedback on student progress through learning activities. Selected users (generally a teacher, school leader, or a parent) may choose to share information or content through the Service with other Classkick teachers, school leaders, or parents. Student accounts with Classkick require minimal personal information, including a username, first name, last name, and password. Classkick's terms state they maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect against unauthorized use, disclosure, or access to a user's personal information. Teachers who sign up for the service are effectively stating that they have the right to provide consent for the collection of student data for use in Classkick.

Classkick 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 Classkick’s website, and iOS App Store. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: COPPA 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parents can withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • Parental consent notice and method for submission are provided.
  • COPPA parental consent exceptions are disclosed.
  • FERPA parental consent exceptions are disclosed.
  • 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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The terms of Classkick state they provide students and teachers with information and reports about student performance, and allow feedback to students in real time. Selected users (generally a teacher, school leader, or a parent) may choose to share information or content through the Service with other Classkick teachers, school leaders, or parents. Because the information shared can include both personal information and student work, sharing privileges should be assigned carefully. The terms of Classkick highlight that shared information may be copied and/or re-shared.

The terms specify that if a teacher uses the Student Helpers feature in Classkick, other students may view the drawings, text, images, audio, or links added by other students. Teachers may share their classes, including student work and personalized feedback, with other teachers or school leaders in their school. However, Classkick can also be used without sharing in these ways.

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 if a student’s school or teacher elects to use Classkick, students can share drawings, text, photos, audio, and links without creating an account. This student-created content can potentially contain personal information. The terms state student accounts can only be created by students who have been invited, or given access to the Service by their teacher, school, or district. Student accounts with Classkick require minimal personal information, including a username, first name, last name, and password. Teachers can choose to provide full names for students when setting up their class or they can provide non-identifying information.

The terms specify the Service does not sell or rent personal information to any third party for any purpose. However, the terms state that Classkick may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly -- including with users, partners or the press -- in order to demonstrate how Classkick is used, or to provide marketing materials. Classkick agrees not to attempt to re-identify any de-identified data and does not transfer any de-identified data to any third party unless they agree not to attempt re-identification.

The terms also state that if Classkick ever makes significant changes to the types of personal information they collect from children, or context of how they use it, Classkick will notify teachers in order to obtain parental consent or notice for those new practices. Lastly, information collected from students, including personal information and information collected automatically, is never used or disclosed for any traditional advertising or for any first or third-party behaviorally targeted advertising.

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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Classkick's terms state they maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect against unauthorized use, disclosure, or access to a user's personal information.

Classkick states that when users enter any information anywhere on the Service, the information is encrypted while in transit. Classkick's terms specify that user passwords are stored and transferred securely using encryption and salted hashes. Lastly, if Classkick learns of a security breach, they will attempt to notify users electronically so that they can take appropriate protective steps.

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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While using Classkick, teachers may collect personal information from their students, including those who are under 13 years of age. Classkick's terms state that a student must be at least 13 years of age to use the service, or if a student is under 13 years of age, they must have the consent of their teacher, parent, or guardian. According to Classkick's terms, teachers who sign-up for the service are effectively stating that they have the right to provide consent for the collection of student data for use in Classkick. The terms also specify that teachers signing up for their school or district are creating a contract on behalf of the school or district.

Teachers can create quizzes, questionnaires, and other exercises on Classkick. For quizzes and questionnaires, teachers should be aware of the requirements of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). Classkick's terms specify that teachers are responsible for ensuring that their collection and use of personal information from children complies with applicable laws, including COPPA, FERPA, and the PPRA.

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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