Bloomz

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Teachers, Parents
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Vendor requires parental consent managed by School, Vendor self-defines as School Official
Privacy Policy
Policy length: 8,849 words
No. of policies: 2
Time to read: 71 minutes

App Overview

Bloomz provides an application to communicate with parents, and to share class photos and updates. Bloomz does not provide any social interactions between students, but the terms specify that any information a user voluntarily chooses to include in a publicly accessible area, such as a public profile page, will be available to anyone who has access to that content, including other users. Bloomz collects personal information from a user when they create an account, or automatically while using the service, or from other third party sources. Bloomz's terms do not specify details about its data security practices or whether personally identifiable information is encrypted while in transit or while stored. Bloomz specifies in their terms that they will never use a student’s personally identifiable information, or collect, use, or share that information for any purposes beyond the authorized educational or school purposes.
Safety
What's This?
Evaluating Safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health.
Bloomz does not provide any social interactions between students, but the terms specify that any information a user voluntarily chooses to include in a publicly accessible area, such as a public profile page, will be available to anyone who has access to that content, including other users. The terms also specify that users have the ability to store significant dates and details about family members (like birthdays) in a calendar in order to get email reminders.
Privacy
What's This?
Evaluating Privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information.
Bloomz collects personal information from a user when they create an account, or automatically while using the service, or from other third party sources. Bloomz will never sell a student’s personally identifiable information to third parties for any purpose, but Bloomz allows third party service providers to use cookies and/or other monitoring technologies to compile anonymous statistics about their visitors. The terms state that Bloomz may use third-party service providers to serve advertisements on their behalf to users across the Internet and on their Apps. However, Bloomz does not directly target advertisements to students, but may behaviorally target advertising to parents. The terms also specify that Bloomz can receive personally identifiable information from trusted partners and other third-party sources.
Security
What's This?
Evaluating Security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data.
Bloomz uses certain physical, managerial, and technical safeguards that are designed to improve the integrity and security of a user’s information. If Bloomz learns of a security systems breach, they may post a notice through its Apps and may attempt to notify a user electronically so they can take appropriate protective steps. However, Bloomz's terms do not specify any additional details about its data security practices or whether personally identifiable information is encrypted while in transit or while stored.
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.
Bloomz Apps are not intended for use by children under the age of 13, and Bloomz does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from visitors under the age of 13. In addition, Bloomz Apps are intended for teacher-parent communication only, and a teacher may request an individual student to input content that was created by that student. However, in no circumstances does Bloomz allow that information to become part of the student's profile without teacher approval and parental consent.

Information may be provided to Bloomz by teachers, teacher aides, or other personnel at an Educational Institution ("School Official") that is directly related to a student and maintained by the Institution, and may be considered an education record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"). Information provided to Bloomz by School Officials about a student, such as student name and grade level, may be considered directory information under FERPA ("Directory Information") and not an education record.

Lastly, Bloomz specifies in their terms that they will never use a student’s personally identifiable information, or collect, use, or share that information for any purposes beyond the authorized educational or school purposes, or as explicitly authorized by the student or parent. If Bloomz learns that personally identifiable information has been collected on its service from children under the age of 13 and without verifiable parental or teacher consent, then they will take appropriate steps to delete that information.

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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