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Updated October 24, 2017

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • 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.
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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

Educreations is an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool. The tool is intended for students and teachers, and is used with students under 13 years of age. The terms state that the only users who may view a student's profile are those who belong to that student's Limited-access User Group or class. The terms also specify that aggregate, non-identifiable data may be shared broadly, because the terms state they in no way restrict or limit the collection and use of aggregate information. In addition, the policies do not provide sufficient details on the confidentiality, security, or integrity of a student's personal information. Lastly, Educreations' terms state they require schools, districts, and/or teachers to obtain parental consent from students' parents before collecting any information.

Educreations 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 Educreations' website, and iOS App 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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As part of creating an Educreations user profile on the site, students can add their name and photograph. The terms state that the only users who may view a student's profile are those who belong to that student's Limited-access User Group or class. An individual with a teacher's account and a student connected to their classroom via a unique pin number can see that student's first and last name, email, and last time active (e.g. X minutes ago, etc.). In addition, the terms state a student's lessons are stored privately on educreations.com and are only visible to the student and that student's teachers. Any content a student contributes to their Limited-access User Group will only be displayed to other members of that class.

The terms also state that if a User Submission is published using the "public" setting, that the person is "allowing everyone, including people off of Educreations, to access and use that content."

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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Educreations's terms claim broad rights to reuse user data. As defined in the terms, the act of uploading or creating data within the site gives Educreations and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and/or successors a perpetual and transferable license to reuse and access user data. However, the rights claimed by Educreations to use and share data widely with affiliates appear to contradict other parts of their policy, where they state, "Personal Information and Children's Personal Information collected through the Site may be shared with companies and organizations ... that have agreed not to disclose it to others." Possibly, this indicates that PII is treated differently than other submissions uploaded to the site.

The terms also specify that aggregate, non-identifiable data may be shared broadly, because the terms state they in no way restrict or limit the collection and use of aggregate information. Educreations's terms state they may collect personal information from students including name, email address, photo, date of birth, school name, audio recordings, videos, photos, online activity, and persistent identifiers. Lastly, Educreations' terms state they may also collect information the student provides to Facebook, Google, or Dropbox if the student links their Educreations account to those third-party authentication providers.

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 policies do not provide details on the confidentiality, security, or integrity of a student's personal information. From a brief examination, SSL encryption is required on the login page. However, schools and districts are encouraged to request a more thorough description of the security practices and protections in place.

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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Educreations' terms state they require schools, districts, and/or teachers to obtain parental consent from students' parents before collecting any information. If a student under 13 years of age attempts to create an account on their own, or enters their birth date, Educreations will not let that student create an account, and will provide notice to the student that they will either have to sign-up with a class code from their teacher or have a parent create an account for them. In addition, it is not clear from the terms if Educreations or third parties can use student data collected from the Service to target advertisements to users on other websites, or on other applications or 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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