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Updated April 20, 2018

Edsby

  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.
  • Personal information is not displayed publicly.
  • Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
  • Unclear whether this product provides notice in the event of a data breach.
  • Parental consent is required.
Indicates that the product meets all our required privacy safeguards, but more research should be completed prior to use.
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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

Edsby is a cloud-based platform for K-12 schools that incorporates learning management, data aggregation and real-time analytics. Edsby's terms state they allow a user to place uploaded content in messages, profiles, private notes, calendar events, grade books, and postings in shared places that may be shared by other members of the service. Edsby's terms state they collect a user's personal information, user content that they upload to the service, and usage information on the service. In addition, Edsby's terms state they take appropriate security measures to protect a user’s information against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. Edsby's terms state they do not allow a student to create an account directly with the vendor and require students to obtain verifiable parental consent beforehand in compliance with FERPA.

Edsby can be accessed through its website, and 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 Edsby’s website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. 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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Edsby's terms state they allow a user to place uploaded content in messages, profiles, private notes, calendar events, grade books, and postings in shared places that may be shared by other members of the service. In addition, the terms state metadata associated with user content can also be visible to members of the service and those who download the content. However, the service limits visibility of a user's information to the associated school, teacher, classroom, and students in the class.

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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Edsby's terms state they collect a user's personal information, user content that they upload to the service, and usage information on the service. The terms state they do not share or sell a user’s data with third parties for any advertising purposes and do not sell a user’s personal information or the user content that they provide. However, the terms state they may share aggregated or de-identified data that contains no personally identifiable information with third parties.

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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Edsby's terms state they take appropriate security measures to protect a user’s information against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. The terms state they maintain appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information and data stored on the site. In addition, because the vendor delivers its service as a cloud service, collected data is commercially shared with third party cloud hosting companies and is designed with high levels of security and reliability.

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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Edsby's terms state they do not allow a student to create an account directly with the vendor and require students to obtain verifiable parental consent beforehand in compliance with FERPA. The terms state student accounts are only created under the direction of administrators and teachers at the student's educational organization. A student user is permitted to access a specific Edsby school community only if they have been specifically and directly invited and authorized to do so by the administrative staff and/or a teacher within that education organization. In addition, the terms state the service is designed so that only teachers at the student’s school, designated administrative staff, and the student’s parents have access to a student’s personal 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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