ABCya

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Audience
Parents, Teachers, Students, Other (Staff etc.)
Good To Know
Used with Under 13, Vendor does not clearly define a process for parental consent
Privacy Policy
Policy length: 22,127 words
No. of policies: 4
Time to read: 174 minutes

App Overview

ABCya provides free and subscription based educational games for millions of kids, parents, and teachers who visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. We did not complete a full evaluation of ABCya because the service does not require encryption on login for either family or school accounts. This is a basic requirement for most schools and districts. Protecting all logged in users with encryption is a widely accepted best practice. In addition, we also observed ad tracking on the free service, including activities directed toward elementary school learners.
Safety
What's This?
The Safety category reports on the guarantees vendors make in their terms and policies regarding how their service supports safe and appropriate interactions.
We did not complete a full evaluation of ABCya because the service does not require encryption on login for either family or school accounts. This is a basic requirement for most schools and districts. Protecting all logged in users with encryption is a widely accepted best practice. In addition, we also observed ad tracking on the free service, including activities directed toward elementary school learners.
Privacy
What's This?
The Privacy category reports on the guarantees vendors make in their terms and policies regarding protections for data collected in their service.
We did not complete a full evaluation of ABCya because the service does not require encryption on login for either family or school accounts. This is a basic requirement for most schools and districts. Protecting all logged in users with encryption is a widely accepted best practice. In addition, we also observed ad tracking on the free service, including activities directed toward elementary school learners.
Security
What's This?
The Security category reports on the guarantees vendors make in their terms and policies regarding how they implement a range of security protections for data collected in their service. This evaluation is not a full audit, and is not a substitute for a detailed security audit.
We did not complete a full evaluation of ABCya because the service does not require encryption on login for either family or school accounts. This is a basic requirement for most schools and districts. Protecting all logged in users with encryption is a widely accepted best practice. In addition, we also observed ad tracking on the free service, including activities directed toward elementary school learners.
Compliance
What's This?
The Compliance category reports on the guarantees vendors make in their terms and policies regarding their compliance with federal privacy laws, and general data breach requirements.
We did not complete a full evaluation of ABCya because the service does not require encryption on login for either family or school accounts. This is a basic requirement for most schools and districts. Protecting all logged in users with encryption is a widely accepted best practice. In addition, we also observed ad tracking on the free service, including activities directed toward elementary school learners.

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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