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Updated January 1, 2018

Kami

  • 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

Kami allows users to view and annotate documents and PDF files in class. Kami does not provide social interactions between users, but does allow users information to made visible to others. Kami's policies are not very transparent and do not discuss various privacy related issues. Kami's terms state that they have a team dedicated to keeping a user's information secure, test for vulnerabilities, and continue to work on features to keep users' information safe. In addition, Kami states in its informational video that it takes children's privacy seriously and is in compliance with COPPA, FERPA, and SOPIPA. However, Kami's policies do not discuss any of its compliance obligations related to children under 13 years of age, students in K-12, or whether verifiable parental consent should be obtained before Kami collects or discloses personal information.

Kami can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Kami’s website. Additionally, other policies used for this evaluation include: COPPA Privacy Policy. 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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Kami's terms state that it does not provide social interactions between users, but does allow users' information to be made visible to others. The Service may display information such as a user's name and email address to other users in their user profile and through sharing notifications..

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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Kami's policies are not adequately transparent for an evaluation and do not discuss various privacy policy related issues. However, Kami's terms do state they collect personally identifiable information and non-personal usage information automatically from users to provide the Services. In addition, Kami states they do not sell any collected personal information to advertisers or other 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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Kami's terms state they have a team dedicated to keeping a user's information secure, test for vulnerabilities, and continue to work on features to keep users' information safe. However, Kami does not provide any additional details about how it ensures users' information is secure, or whether users' personal information is encrypted while in transit or while at rest, or any information regarding notice to users 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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Kami claims in its online informational video that it takes children's privacy seriously and is in compliance with COPPA, FERPA, and SOPIPA. However, Kami's policies do not disclose any of its compliance obligations related to children under 13 years of age, or students in K-12, or whether verifiable parental consent should be obtained before Kami collects or discloses users' personal information. In addition, Kami's terms state that its services are not intended for, and may not be used by people under the age of 13. However, Kami's products are marketed to K-12 schools, and therefore the service would likely appeal to children under 13 years of age due to its content and use in classrooms.

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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