NoRedInk

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Audience
Teachers, Students
Good To Know
Vendor requires parental consent managed by School, Used with Under 13, Vendor does not clearly define a process for parental consent
Privacy Policy
Policy length: 7,299 words
No. of policies: 2
Time to read: 55 minutes

App Overview

NoRedInk is an online tool designed to get students excited about grammar and writing. The terms state interactions within NoRedInk are generally organized by class, and student sign-ups are managed via a class code generated when teachers add students into a course. NoRedInk shares both aggregate and de-identified data with third parties. The terms do not specify any contractual limits or requirements on third parties reusing or protecting the data. In addition, NoRedInk's terms discuss password protection practice, but do not provide details about any additional security measures. The terms specify that users joining the site must be of legal age to enter into a contract. Any user who is under the legal age to create a legally binding contract must have parental consent. Additionally, the terms specify that any teacher creating an account on the site and creating accounts on behalf of students has the authority to create a legally binding contract for their school or district.

NoRedInk can be accessed through its website. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on NoRedInk’s website. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Safety
What's This?
Evaluating safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health.

The terms state social interactions within NoRedInk are generally organized by class, and student sign-ups are managed via a class code generated when teachers add students into a course. Class codes need to be handled securely and students can create user profiles containing information that would be readily known to their classmates. In addition, most social interactions in the site are driven by teacher initiated activities.

Privacy
What's This?
Evaluating privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information.

The terms of NoRedInk state they share both aggregate and de-identified data with third parties. The terms do not specify any contractual limits or requirements on third parties reusing or protecting the data. In addition, the terms do not list third parties used to support the service, but state that users can request a list of third parties used by the service by emailing support@noredink.com. In the event NoRedInk goes out of business or is acquired, user data will only be transferred if the acquiring party maintains the business and commits to abiding by the terms of NoRedInk's privacy policy. Lastly, the terms state they provide user-initiated sharing with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and federated login with Google and Clever.

Security
What's This?
Evaluating security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data.

The terms of NoRedInk discuss password protection practices, but do not provide any additional details about security measures. The terms do not provide details about NoRedInk's response in the event of a data breach. While the service may have excellent security practices, the precise practices are not clear based on what is disclosed in the terms.

Compliance
What's This?
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.

NoRedInk's terms specify that users joining the site must be 18 years of age or older. Any user who is under the legal age to create a legally binding contract must have parental consent. Additionally, the terms specify that any teacher creating an account on the site and creating accounts on behalf of students has the authority to create a legally binding contract for their school or district.

According to the terms, the school or district is responsible for getting parental consent to comply with COPPA. Teachers signing up for accounts should verify that they have the required authority within their district, and the appropriate parental consent to create a legally binding contract that meets the school's or district's FERPA and COPPA obligations. Lastly, the terms specify that California residents can receive a full breakdown of the categories of personal information NoRedInk shares with third parties for marketing purposes.

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. The bars in the evaluations are not a measure of absolute safety or risk rather, they suggest areas to be considered and examined as part of using the application.

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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