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Updated October 1, 2019

Kami

  • 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

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 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, the terms state the service does not sell personal information to advertisers or other third parties and no information is used for advertising or tracking purposes. 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.

Kami can be accessed through its website, and is also available as a Google Chrome Extension. 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, and Acceptable Use 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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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 can 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.

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 state the service collects personal information such as name and email address, and depending on the type of account, also collects physical address, payment information, and name of school. Users are notified if there are any material changes to the policies, but there is no review period; continued use of the product means acceptance of the new terms. The terms state the service only uses personal information for the purpose of providing the service to users and for the use and benefit of the learning environment. In addition, the product automatically collects information such as IP address, browser, internet provider, referring web pages, operating system, location information (depending on user settings), and more, but the vendor doesn't link that data to other information they collect.

The terms state the service shares personal information with third parties only to perform tasks on the vendor's behalf, and the third parties must adhere to the same privacy policy. Any personal information collected from a child may be disclosed to the parent or teacher who originally registered the child. The terms state the service uses third parties to provide their services, and describe the roles of third party service providers. The terms also state the service does not sell personal information to advertisers or other third parties and no information is used for advertising or tracking purposes. Third parties with whom information is shared are contractually obligated to not share information with other parties. Lastly, users can upload content to the product, including documents, audio, and video, and may comment on or annotate documents shared with them.

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 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, but have obtained security certifications. 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.

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 state the service is only intended for use by people over the age of 13; except for educational use, which comes with an additional COPPA & FERPA student data privacy policy. The terms also state that by using the services, users must be over 13 years of age, or have been granted approved access to the service by their school or parents. 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. Lastly, parents may also refuse to allow the vendor to collect further information from their child.

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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