Kami allows users to view and annotate documents and PDF files in class. The terms state that students can share their profiles, which include user names and email addresses, within their school, along with sharing user content. The vendor does not monitor or moderate uploaded or shared content. The terms state that the service collects personal information only for the purposes of offering the service and for the educational purposes originally intended. In addition, information is shared with third parties only to support the vendor's services, and third parties are required to adhere to the same privacy and security policies as the vendor and must not share information with other parties. The terms state that both data at rest and in transit is encrypted, and the service takes reasonable security precautions to keep user information safe. Lastly, the terms state that verifiable parental consent is required for students to use the product, users retain ownership of their user submissions, and users can access, modify, or delete their personal information.
: Promoting responsible use
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.
The terms state that students can only share their profiles within their classroom or school. Teachers and students can both annotate documents and share them with each other, as well as attach audio or video to the content. User profiles display user names and email addresses to other users. The vendor reserves the right to review conduct and content, but they have no obligation to do so, and do not claim responsibility for the content shared in the service.
: Protecting collected information
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.
: Protecting against unauthorized access
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.
The terms state that accounts are required in order to use the product. The vendor uses reasonable security, including having a team that works to keep information secure and avoid unauthorized access. Information is encrypted, both at rest and in transit. Data is stored on the Google Cloud Platform, outside the control of the vendor. However, the terms do not mention what action the vendor takes in the event of a data breach. Third parties with whom the vendor shares information are required to use at least the same level of security as the vendor. Lastly, the vendor takes steps to verify any teacher or parent identity before allowing access to a child's personal information.
: Following statutory laws and regulations
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.
The terms are generally worded to indicate that the product is meant to be used by children and students under 13, but the Terms of Service state that the service is only intended for use by people over the age of 13. Other intended users of the product include teachers, K-12 students, and parents. Teachers and parents are able to create accounts for children. Information is collected from students when their school or teacher has an agreement with the vendor, and the information is used for learning purposes. In addition, information is only collected from children or students when verifiable parental consent has been obtained, which the terms state is the school's responsibility to obtain; proof of consent must be shown to the vendor if requested. The terms clearly state that user submissions are the property of the user, and the vendor doesn't claim any rights except those that allow them to offer their services. The vendor allows authorized individuals access to user information to review student data, modify information, or delete information or user accounts. User information is also deleted when users delete their accounts, unless the vendor is required to comply with legal obligations. Parents may also refuse to allow the vendor to collect further information from their child.
The privacy evaluation is independent from the Common Sense edtech tool review. Privacy evaluations are designed to clarify how a service protects information, which will allow people to make informed decisions before using a tool with students.