Seesaw provides student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. In Seesaw, interactions are originated by and largely mediated through the teacher. This hierarchy provides a relative degree of control over who can work in the website, and who can view student work in the website. Parent accounts can be created in the website, and parent access is restricted to their own child's work. Parents have the ability to share their child's work via social media, however, indiscriminate sharing by parents could potentially pose a privacy concern for the child - schools and teachers are encouraged to speak to parents about responsible sharing. Seesaw's terms state they do not create profiles or display advertisements, and all third party service providers that Seesaw works with are contractually required to only use data as directed by Seesaw to support their service. In their terms, Seesaw states they use reasonable security measure to protect student data, including encrypting data in transit. Lastly, teachers and schools signing up for the service should know that they are responsible for obtaining parental consent under COPPA.
: 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 of Seesaw state they provide control of student journal information to the classroom teacher. Codes to join the service for students are time limited, and expire if not used within a reasonable time, which prevents legacy codes being used for unauthorized access. In addition, the terms state parents have the ability to share journal content on social networks, however, indiscriminate sharing by parents could potentially pose a privacy concern for the child.
: 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.
The terms of Seesaw state that depending on the content of student journals, the Service has the potential to store personal information ranging from non-personal analytics to fairly sensitive personal information. While Seesaw's terms do not list third party service providers in their terms, they do specify that all third parties are contractually restricted to only use data to support Seesaw's service. Seesaw's terms also specify that California residents can make an annual request to see "a list of what personal information about them we’ve disclosed to third parties in the preceding calendar year, as well as the names and addresses of those third parties." Lastly, the terms specify that inactive accounts will be deleted after 12 months, with schools being provided an option to archive the data prior to deletion.
: 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 of Seesaw state that data in transit is encrypted. Additionally, Seesaw's terms specify they review their physical and data security processes, and take steps to control access to their hardware and data centers. However, the terms do not specify whether data at rest is encrypted.
: 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 of Seesaw state they do not display ads on its service, or create marketing profiles on students. Seesaw specifies in their terms that they are acting as a school official, and are under the direct control of a school or district. In addition, teachers signing up for Seesaw should be aware that they are creating a formal agreement with regards to the district's relationship with a vendor, and they should make sure they have the right to create this agreement. Lastly, the terms specify that schools and teachers are responsible for obtaining verifiable parental consent for the collection of personal information.
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.