Overview

Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1- Teachme Letters teaches children the alphabet via four games that use matching games and show several examples of words with the same initial letter. The terms do not disclose whether any social interactions between users are available or whether a user can make personal information publicly visible to others. The terms also do not disclose whether the service sells a user's data to third parties, or whether it allows third-party advertising companies to collect a user's data through the service for ad targeting, tracking, or creating a profile for marketing purposes. In addition, the terms do not disclose sufficient details about data security standards that should be used to protect the confidentiality of a user's information. Lastly, the terms state the service does not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. However, teachers and parents should be aware that by providing permission for their child to use this app, they are potentially giving the service permission to collect and use data that would be considered personal information under COPPA.

Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1 is available for download at the iOS App Store. The Privacy Policy used for this evaluation can be found on Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1’s website, and the iOS App Store. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Safety

Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1- Teachme Letters does not provide any social interactions between users or make a user's personal information publicly visible to others.

Privacy

Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1- Teachme Letters states they do not collect personally identifiable information about users of their apps. In addition, the Company states they do not use or collect a user's precise geographic location.

The Company does collect usage information from users to help them improve their Services, and the Company may use third-party analytics to collect a user's mobile device type, unique device identifiers, app session time, events, and duration using the app. The terms also state that, in some circumstances, the Company might make identifiable and/or anonymous information available to third parties with a user's express consent. However, it is not clear whether or how the Company requests that express consent.

The terms state that the Company does not allow third-party advertising companies to collect a user's data through the service for ad targeting. However, the terms do not provide details about the behavioral data it may collect from learners' activities while using the app.

Security

The terms of Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1- Teachme Letters do not contain significant details about data security standards that should be used to protect the confidentiality of a user's information. The terms also lack detail about whether a user's data is encrypted while in transit or at rest.

Compliance

Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure Vol 1- Teachme Letters is an app directed to children and students under the age of 13. The Company states they do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. If a user believes the Company has inadvertently collected information from a child under 13 years of age, they should contact the Company so they can promptly obtain parental consent or remove the personal information. Parents should take note that free and paid apps from the Company may contain non consumable in-app purchases.

However, COPPA defines some persistent identifiers - such as IP address, some cookie values, and unique device identifiers - as personal information in some cases. Based on the information that is collected by the application and by third party service providers, COPPA could apply to this application. Accordingly, teachers and parents should be aware that by providing permission for their child to use this app, they are potentially giving the Company permission to collect and use information that would be considered sensitive under COPPA.

Overall Score

Every privacy rating includes an overall score. A higher score (up to 100%) means the product provides more transparent privacy policies with better practices to protect user data. The score is best used is as an indicator of how much additional work a person will need to do to make an informed decision about a product.

Basic ScoreFull Score
Comprehensive Assessment1219

Concerns

The privacy evaluation process summarizes the policies of an application or service into concern categories based on a subset of evaluation questions that can be used to quickly identify particular practices of a vendor’s policies. These concerns are composed of evaluation questions that can be used to calculate scores relative to that concern.

ConcernBasic ScoreFull Score
Data Collection: Protecting personal information5045
Data Sharing: Protecting data from third parties020
Data Security: Protecting against unauthorized access05
Data Rights: Controlling data use00
Data Sold: Preventing sale of data030
Data Safety: Promoting responsible use00
Ads & Tracking: Prohibiting the exploitation of users' decision making process00
Parental Consent: Protecting children’s personal information6740
School Purpose: Following student data privacy laws00

Statutes

Each statute or regulation is associated with one or more evaluation questions. As such, we can calculate scores for each statute or regulation using only those questions associated with the statute or regulation. Each specific statute or regulation's score serves as an indirect proxy indicating the likelihood of the application or service satisfying all of its compliance obligations.

StatuteBasic ScoreFull Score
California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)3337
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)1321
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)2218
Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA)017
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)2121

Privacy Policy Details

1: Transparency

1.1: Policy Version
  • Privacy policies do indicate a version or effective date.
  • Privacy policies do not indicate a changelog or past policy version is available.
1.2: Policy Notice
  • Users are notified if there are any material changes to the policies.
  • Privacy policies indicate the method used to notify a user when policies are updated.
1.3: Policy Changes
  • Unclear whether users are notified prior to any material changes to the policies.
  • Changes to the policies are effective immediately and continued use of the product indicates consent.
1.4: Policy Coverage
  • Privacy policies indicate the products that are covered by the policies.
1.5: Policy Contact
  • Users cannot contact the vendor about any privacy policy questions, complaints, or material changes to the policies.
1.6: Policy Principles
  • Privacy policies do not indicate any privacy principles, layered notices, or a table of contents.
1.7: Policy Language
  • Privacy policies are not available in multiple languages.
1.8: Intended Use
  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Unclear whether intended for teens.
  • Unclear whether intended for adults over 18.
  • Unclear whether intended for parents or guardians.
  • Unclear whether intended for students.
  • Unclear whether intended for teachers.

2: Focused Collection

2.1: Data Collection
  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is not collected.
  • The categories of collected personally identifiable information are indicated.
  • Geolocation data are not collected.
  • Unclear whether this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Unclear whether this product collects behavioral data.
  • Unclear whether this product collects sensitive data.
  • Non-personally identifiable information is collected.
  • Unclear whether free or reduced lunch status is collected.
2.2: Data Source
  • Unclear whether personal information or education records are collected from preK-12 students.
  • Personal information from children under 13 years of age is not collected online.
2.3: Data Exclusion
  • Unclear whether specific types of personal information are not collected.
  • Unclear whether specific types of collected information are excluded from the privacy policy.
2.4: Data Limitation
  • Unclear whether the collection or use of data is limited to product requirements.

3: Data Sharing

3.1: Data Shared With Third Parties
  • Unclear whether collected information is shared with third parties.
  • Unclear whether the categories of information shared with third parties are indicated.
3.2: Data Use by Third Parties
  • Unclear whether the purpose for sharing a user's personal information with third parties is indicated.
  • Data are not shared for analytics.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for research and/or product improvement.
  • Unclear whether data are shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
3.3: Data Not Shared With Third Parties
  • Unclear whether there are specific categories of information that are not shared with third parties.
3.4: Data Sold to Third Parties
  • Unclear whether data are sold or rented to third parties.
3.5: Third-Party Data Acquisition
  • Unclear whether personal information from users is acquired from third parties.
3.6: Third-Party Links
  • Links to third-party external websites are age-appropriate.
3.7: Third-Party Data Access
  • Unclear whether third parties are authorized to access a user's information.
3.8: Third-Party Data Collection
  • Personal information of users is collected by a third party.
3.9: Third-Party Data Misuse
  • Unclear whether personal information can be deleted from a third party if found to be misused.
3.10: Third-Party Service Providers
  • Unclear whether data are shared with third-party service providers.
  • Unclear whether the roles of third-party service providers are indicated.
3.11: Third-Party Affiliates
  • Unclear whether the categories of third parties that receive personal information are indicated.
3.12: Third-Party Policies
  • Unclear whether links to privacy policies of third-party companies are available.
3.13: Third-Party Data Combination
  • Unclear whether data can be combined with data from third-party sources.
  • Unclear whether data shared with third parties can be combined by third parties for their own purposes.
3.14: Third-Party Authentication
  • Unclear whether this product supports social or federated login.
  • Unclear whether personal information from social or federated login providers is collected.
  • Unclear whether personal Information is shared with social or federated login providers.
3.15: De-identified or Anonymized Data
  • User information is shared in an anonymous or deidentified format.
  • Unclear whether the vendor describes their deidentification process of user information.
3.16: Third-Party Contractual Obligations
  • Unclear whether contractual limits are placed on third-party data use.
  • Unclear whether contractual limits prohibit third parties from reidentifying deidentified information.

4: Respect for Context

4.1: Data Use
  • Use of information is limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
  • Unclear whether the purpose for which data are collected is indicated.
4.2: Data Combination
  • Unclear whether this product treats combined information as personally identifiable information (PII).
4.3: Data Notice
  • Unclear whether notice is provided if the context in which data are collected changes.
4.4: Data Changes
  • Unclear whether consent is obtained if the practices in which data are collected change.
4.5: Policy Enforcement
  • Unclear whether accounts may be terminated if users engage in any prohibited activities.

5: Individual Control

5.1: User Content
  • Unclear whether users can create or upload content.
5.2: User Consent
  • Unclear whether opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
5.3: Remedy Process
  • Unclear whether a grievance or remedy mechanism is available for users to file a complaint.
5.4: Data Settings
  • Unclear whether users can control their information through privacy settings.
5.5: Data Disclosure
  • Users can opt out from the disclosure or sale of their data to a third party.
  • Unclear whether users can request to know what personal information has been shared with third parties for commercial purposes.
  • Unclear whether notice is provided in the event the vendor receives a government or legal request for a user’s information.
5.6: Intellectual Property
  • Unclear whether users retain ownership of their data.
  • Unclear whether a copyright license is claimed to data or content collected from a user.
  • Unclear whether any copyright license to a user's data is limited in scope or duration.
  • Unclear whether notice is provided to users when their content is removed or disabled because of an alleged copyright violation.

6: Access and Accuracy

6.1: Data Access
  • Unclear whether this product provides processes to access and review user data.
  • Unclear whether permissions, roles, or access controls are available to restrict who has access to data.
  • Unclear whether the school, parents, or students can review data.
6.2: Data Integrity
  • Unclear whether the vendor maintains the accuracy of data they collect.
6.3: Data Correction
  • Unclear whether this product provides processes to modify inaccurate data.
  • Unclear whether the school, parents, or students can modify data.
  • Unclear whether the time period for the vendor to modify inaccurate data is indicated.
6.4: Data Retention
  • Unclear whether the product provides a data-retention policy.
  • Unclear whether the retention time period of a user's data can be changed upon a valid inspection request.
6.5: Data Deletion
  • Unclear whether this product deletes data when no longer necessary.
  • Unclear whether a user's data are deleted upon account cancellation or termination.
  • Unclear whether a user can delete all their data.
  • Unclear whether the school, parents, or students can delete data.
  • Unclear whether the time period for the vendor to delete data is indicated.
6.6: Data Portability
  • Unclear whether this product provides users the ability to download their data.
  • Unclear whether a user can assign an authorized account manager or legacy contact.

7: Data Transfer

7.1: Data Handling
  • Unclear whether user information can be transferred to a third party.
  • Unclear whether notice is provided to users if the vendor assigns its rights or delegates its duties to another company.
  • Unclear whether users are notified if their information is transferred to a third party.
7.2: Transfer Request
  • Unclear whether user information can be deleted prior to its transfer to a third party.
7.3: Onward Contractual Obligations
  • Third-party transfer is contractually required to use the same privacy practices.

8: Security

8.1: User Identity
  • A user's identity is verified with additional personal information.
8.2: User Account
  • Unclear whether this product requires account creation.
  • Unclear whether parental controls or managed accounts are available.
  • Unclear whether two-factor account protection is available.
8.3: Third-Party Security
  • Unclear whether third-party contractual security protections are required.
8.4: Data Confidentiality
  • Unclear whether this product uses industry best practices to protect data.
  • Unclear whether this product limits employee or physical access to user information.
8.5: Data Transmission
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data in transit.
8.6: Data Storage
  • Unclear whether this product encrypts all data at rest.
  • Unclear whether personal information of users is stored with a third party.
8.7: Data Breach
  • Unclear whether this product provides notice in the event of a data breach.
8.8: Data Oversight
  • Unclear whether this product performs data-privacy and security-compliance audits.

9: Responsible Use

9.1: Social Interactions
  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
  • Unclear whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether profile information is shared for social interactions.
9.2: Data Visibility
  • Unclear whether this product displays personal information publicly.
  • Unclear whether this product allows users to control how their data are displayed.
9.3: Monitor and Review
  • Unclear whether user-created content is reviewed, screened, or monitored by the vendor.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
  • Unclear whether social interactions between users are moderated.
  • Unclear whether social interactions of users are logged.
9.4: Report Content
  • Unclear whether users can filter or block inappropriate content.
  • Unclear whether users can report abuse or cyberbullying.
9.5: Internet Safety
  • Unclear whether the vendor provides links to tools or processes that support safe and appropriate social interactions.

10: Advertising

10.1: Vendor Communications
  • A user can receive service- or administrative-related communications from the vendor.
10.2: Traditional Advertising
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
10.3: Behavioral Advertising
  • Unclear whether this product displays behavioral or targeted advertising.
10.4: Ad Tracking
  • 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 creates and uses data profiles for data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
10.5: Filtered Advertising
  • Unclear whether children may receive inappropriate advertisements.
10.6: Marketing Communications
  • Unclear whether this vendor can send marketing messages.
  • Unclear whether this vendor provides promotional sweepstakes, contests, or surveys.
10.7: Unsubscribe
  • Unclear whether this product provides users the ability to opt-out of traditional, contextual, or behavioral advertising.
  • Unclear whether this product provides users the ability to opt out or unsubscribe from marketing communications.
10.8: Do Not Track
  • Unclear whether this product responds to Do Not Track or other opt-out mechanisms.
  • Unclear whether the vendor provides a method for users to opt-out from third-party tracking.

11: Compliance

11.1: Children Under 13
  • Vendor does not have actual knowledge that personal information from users under 13 years of age is collected.
  • Unclear whether children's privacy is applicable.
  • Unclear whether this product restricts account creation for users under 13 years of age.
  • Vendor does not restrict in-app purchases for users under 13 years of age.
  • Unclear whether the vendor participates in an FTC-approved COPPA safe harbor program.
11.2: Students in K–12
  • Unclear whether this product is primarily used by, designed for, and marketed toward students in grades preK–12.
  • Unclear whether the product creates education records.
  • Unclear whether this product provides notification of a contract or additional rights.
  • Unclear whether this product designates the vendor as a school official.
11.3: Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • Unclear whether this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • Unclear whether this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • Children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • Unclear whether this product provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
  • Unclear whether the vendor can use collected information to support the “internal operations” of the product.
  • Unclear whether this product indicates COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Unclear whether the vendor indicates FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • Unclear whether this product discloses directory information.
  • Unclear whether this product transfers parental consent obligations to the school or district.
11.4: Legal Requirements
  • The legal jurisdiction that applies to the laws governing any dispute is not indicated.
  • Unclear whether a user is required to waive the right to a jury trial, or settle any disputes by arbitration.
  • Unclear whether a user is required to waive the right to join a class action lawsuit.
  • A vendor will disclose personal information to law enforcement.
11.5: Certification
  • Unclear whether the vendor has signed a privacy pledge or received a privacy certification.
11.6: International Laws
  • A user's data are subject to International data transfer or jurisdiction laws, such as the GDPR.
  • Unclear whether the vendor has indicated it is a Data Controller or Data Processor.