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Updated January 22, 2018

Edmodo

  • Data are shared for advertising or marketing.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Data are collected by advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product 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

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 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 they receive on assignments. In Edmodo's terms, they state that they work with third party affiliates who "offer or sell items or provide services" to users and that these third parties may use data under their own separate privacy policies.

Based on a visual inspection of the login and account creation pages, Edmodo requires encryption during user login and account creation. 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.

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.

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.
  • Geolocation data are not collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product 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 product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows parents to 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 not provided.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses Directory Information.
  • 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 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 display advertising on their service, but their terms state they may work with third party affiliates who "offer or sell items or provide services” to users and these third parties may use data under their own separate privacy policies. Accordingly, people using any services within Edmodo will need to review the privacy policies of any services connected within Edmodo.

Edmodo’s terms of service and privacy policies contain different language regarding updates to the policies. The privacy policy states that users will generally be provided with 2 weeks notice prior to any changes; however, the terms of service state that Edmodo will "try to give you notice when we make a material change to the Services that would adversely affect you, but this isn't always practical."

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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