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Updated January 18, 2018

My Study Life

  • 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.
Use with Caution
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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

My Study Life is a free platform planner app for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make their study life easier to manage. The terms of My Study Life state they do not allow any social interactions between users or with adults. The terms of My Study Life state they collect non-personally identifiable and personally identifiable information about users during their use of the Service and mobile apps. In addition, the terms of My Study Life state that the security of a user's data is important and they adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect a user's data against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction. Lastly, the terms of My Study Life state that users who register for its Service do not select a birth-date, and require either a teacher, classroom code, or parental consent to register..

My Study Life can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on My Study Life’s website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play 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 My Study Life state they do not allow any social interactions between users or with adults. In addition, the terms state they do not allow users to post information that could be made publicly available to others.

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 My Study Life state they collect non-personally identifiable and personally identifiable information about users during their use of the Service and mobile apps. However, the terms do not discuss what specific personal information is collected. The terms state they will not sell, trade or rent a user's personal information with third parties, but that they may share aggregated demographic information, but not individual data, with third parties for any purpose.

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 My Study Life state that the security of a user's data is important and they adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect a user's data against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction. In addition, the terms state they put in place measures to safeguard users' Personal Data against any unauthorized disclosure, loss or corruption. The terms state all communication with the Service uses secure sockets layer technology (SSL). However, the terms do 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 My Study Life state that users who register for its Service do not select a birth-date, and require either a teacher, classroom code, or parental consent to register. Therefore, the terms state the vendor has no actual knowledge whether a user who registered for its Service is under the age of 13. However, the vendor does provide a birthday age-gate in a user's profile settings after registration that could provide the vendor with actual knowledge that a user is a child under 13 years of age. The terms do not disclose whether the vendor seeks to obtain additional parental consent for the collection of personal information or delete the information of children under 13 years of age.

In addition, the terms state the vendor is located in England and collects student and teacher data, including, but not limited to, a user's name and email address by a school or district who has completed installation of the vendor's MIS connector.

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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