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Updated June 12, 2018

iTooch Middle School

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is not displayed.
  • 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

With more than 10,000 exercises, iTooch Middle School is a new and fun way of practicing and learning Mathematics and Language Arts for 6th, 7th or 8th graders. The terms of iTooch Middle School do not disclose whether social interactions are available between users or whether users can make personal information publicly visible. The terms of iTooch Middle School state they may collect personal information through use of the service and non-personal information automatically. The terms of iTooch Middle School state they take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. Lastly, the terms of iTooch Middle School state they respect COPPA and do not collect information such as name, address, telephone number, photographs, video or audio from children under 13 years old.

iTooch Middle School can be accessed through its website and is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy used for this evaluation can be found on iTooch Middle School’s 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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The terms of iTooch Middle School do not disclose whether social interactions are available between users or whether users can make personal information publicly visible.

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 iTooch Middle School state they may collect personal information through use of the service and non-personal information automatically. In addition, the terms state children under 13 have no access to social network features and are not allowed to share their scores or accomplishments with others. If the service shares information with third parties, the terms specify they require third parties to process user information under the same terms as their privacy practices. Lastly, the terms state the service also requires opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information, and the service does not display any behavioral ads or contextual ads to users. However, there are additional details provided in the app-store that the application is 100% free and may be ad supported. If users prefer an ad-free experience, they can remove ads at any time through an optional in-app purchase in the app’s parameters.

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 terms of iTooch Middle School state they take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. In addition, the terms specify that third parties that handle personal information are required to use appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

The terms specify that the service uses storage, processing practices, and security measures, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems that store personal data. In addition, the terms specify that the service restricts access to personal information to only employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to process user information. However, the homepage does not use encryption, but it also does not collect any personal information and the service does not disclose whether users are notified in the event 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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The terms of iTooch Middle School state they respect COPPA and do not collect information such as name, address, telephone number, photographs, video or audio from children under 13 years old. However, the terms do not disclose whether parental consent is required or the method to obtain parental consent if personal information from children under 13 is collected and used by the service. In addition, the terms state the service can collect only the first name but this information is collected in the app, and the service has no access to it. Lastly, the terms specify that they allow users to access, modify, and delete information provided to the service. However, the terms do not disclose any information about use of the service by students that would create education records under FERPA.

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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