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Updated December 18, 2018

Edmodo

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is not displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Third parties cannot 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

Edmodo provides a learning network for students, teachers, parents, schools, and districts. Edmodo provides multiple ways for students to interact with one another. The terms state that the majority of interactions occur within classroom spaces, where teachers, parents, and/or school administrators can see interactions that occur between students, messages between students and their teachers, and grades that they receive on assignments. However, the terms further describe that in order for Edmodo to continue to be able to provide the services for free, Edmodo and third-party advertising partners may track and serve advertisements to users.

Based on a visual inspection of the login and account creation pages, Edmodo requires encryption during user login and account creation. Edmodo's terms further state that teachers, schools, and/or districts are fully responsible for obtaining parental consent for the collection of personal information from a child under 13 years of age and providing all required notifications to parents under COPPA.

Edmodo can be accessed through its website. Edmodo: Classroom Tools is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. Edmodo for 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 Edmodo’s website. However, the Privacy Policies linked in the iOS App Store point to a different URL than the privacy policy linked in the Google Play Store. While the language currently appears to be identical, the different link locations means that users need to track multiple sets of terms. 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 Edmodo state they provide multiple ways for students to interact with one another. The majority of interactions occur within classroom spaces, where teachers, parents, and/or school administrators can see interactions that occur between students, messages between student’s and their teachers, and grades students receive on assignments. Edmodo's terms specify that parent accounts can only see the interactions of their linked child accounts. Additionally, parents can use Edmodo’s App for Parents to follow their student’s progress. Students can create profiles within the site, and profiles are visible to other students within the classroom spaces. The terms state if students interact in spaces outside the classroom, their name and profile picture can be visible to non-class members.

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 Edmodo state they do not provide any personally-identifying information to advertisers or their advertising partners. In addition, the terms specify Edmodo does not sell or rent users' personal information to anyone for any purposes, including advertising or marketing. However, the terms further describe that in order for Edmodo to continue to be able to provide the services for free, Edmodo and third-party advertising partners may track and serve advertisements to users.

The terms state Edmodo has have implemented a number of policies and technical measures to make sure that this advertising is done appropriately. In addition, the terms state Edmodo is not creating behavioral profiles of users for advertising or marketing purposes, and are not sharing personally-identifiable information, such as a user’s name, email address, or phone number, with third parties for advertising purposes.

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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Based on a visual inspection of the login and account creation pages, Edmodo requires encryption during user login and account creation. Edmodo's terms state that when "you enter sensitive information" into the site, they encrypt that information in transit. The terms do not contain details about how data is protected when it is stored, or about employee security training, data handling practices for staff, or other security best practices. In addition, the terms do not contain details about any breach notification process, or the time frame in which users will be notified of a data breach.

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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Edmodo's terms are very clear that teachers, schools, and/or districts are fully responsible for obtaining parental consent for the collection of personal information from a child under 13 years of age and providing all required notifications to parents under COPPA. However, Edmodo's terms do not disclose its compliance obligations under FERPA with the creation of student records. Edmodo's terms also state clearly that teachers signing up for the service "represent and warrant" that they have the legal authority to agree to "these Terms on behalf of your school and/or district." Accordingly, teachers signing up for Edmodo should verify that they have the ability to create a binding agreement for their school or district.

Edmodo allows parents and teachers to request access, modification, and deletion of student information and Edmodo will retain a user’s personal information for as long as the account is active or as long as needed to provide the services.

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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