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Updated September 7, 2018

Science4Us

  • Privacy polices do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Data are not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Data are not shared for advertising or marketing.
  • Behavioral or contextual advertising is not displayed.
  • Unclear whether this product allows data collection by third-party advertising or tracking services.
  • Data are not used 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

Science4Us allows teachers to deliver a science educational experience to their kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students. Science4Us prohibits students from publicly posting or distributing personally identifiable information on its services. Science4Us provides parents or educational institutions with control of what student information is provided to the service. Science4Us does not use a game, prize, or other activity to entice children to disclose more information than is needed to participate in the service, and parents and educational institutions should limit the information they provide about students to only information that is relevant to the educational purpose. Science4Us is committed to protecting student data against unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure, and puts appropriate security measures in place to safeguard it against unauthorized access to the personal information on its website. Science4Us has designed its website to comply with state and federal regulations and guidelines described in its policies such as COPPA, SOPIPA, and FERPA and does not collect information directly from children, because any students under the age of 18 who wishes to create an account must be registered by a parent, legal guardian, or school official.

Science4Us can be accessed through its website and is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy used for this evaluation can be found on Science4Us website and iOS App 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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Science4Us' terms state they prohibit students from publicly posting or distributing personally identifiable information on its services. However, an educational institution profile may be visible to the public that includes the school’s name, the school address, and the school administrator’s name. In addition, the terms of Science4Us recommends parents and educational institutions take responsibility to supervise children using the site and teach them about security and privacy best practices and that parents and educational institutions should provide resources on Kids' Rules for Online Safety.

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 Science4Us provide parents or educational institutions with control of what student information is provided to the service. Science4Us' terms specify they do not use a game, prize, or other activity to entice children to disclose more information than is needed to participate in the service, and parents and educational institutions should limit the information they provide about students to only information that is relevant to the educational purpose. In addition, Science4Us does not publish or share any personally identifiable information of students to third parties, but may share aggregated, de-identified data with third parties. Science4Us requires third party service providers to provide adequate security measures and only use the data for the sole purpose of providing the services to the vendor. Lastly, the terms of Science4Us state they will never share a user’s personal information with third parties for advertising or marketing purposes, but do not disclose whether a user's information could be used for tracking purposes.

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 Science4Us state they are committed to protecting student data against unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure, and put appropriate security measures in place to safeguard it against unauthorized access. In addition, Science4Us' terms state they limit access and the number of employees who have physical access to their databases, as well as use electronic security and password protection systems.

Science4Us's terms specify servers are located in a secured, locked and monitored environment designed to prevent unauthorized entry or theft, and are protected by a firewall and are backed up to a secure offsite data center. Governance policies and access controls are in place to ensure that the student information linked to each parents or educator (depending on the type of account) is separated and parents or educational institutions only have access to their own student data.

Moreover, the terms of Science4Us state they follow standardized and documented procedures for coding, configuration management, patch installation and change management for all applicable servers and we audit our practices at least once a year. Science4Us takes measures to ensure the safety of PII and student records and apply a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL or HTTPS) encrypting technology to establish and ensure that all data passed between the server and the browser remains encrypted. The terms state that in the event Science4Us learns of an actual data breach, loss or disaster, they will notify any affected users, students, and parents.

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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Science4Us' terms state they designed its website to comply with state and federal regulations and guidelines described in its policies such as COPPA, SOPIPA, and FERPA and do not collect information directly from children, because any students under the age of 18 who wishes to create an account must be registered by a parent, legal guardian, or school official. In addition, whenever Science4Us enters into a contract with schools to provide educational services to students, they agree to act as a "School Official" as defined by FERPA. Lastly, student data collected by the vendor will not be used for any unauthorized purpose or disclosed to any unauthorized person or third party without express written consent from the student’s parents or the educational institution.

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.

Please be in touch with any questions or feedback.