Animoto

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Show Overview
Audience
Students
Good To Know
Vendor does not clearly define a process for parental consent
Privacy Policy
Policy length: 8,889 words
No. of policies: 2
Time to read: 69 minutes

App Overview

Animoto is an app and website that provides users the ability to create videos with photos and video clips from their Camera Roll, preset video styles, and songs. Users can share their videos via messages, email, Twitter, and Facebook. The policies provide a list of inappropriate content and behaviors that are not permitted on the website. In addition, interest-based advertisements are displayed to the user unless the user provides opt-out consent, in which case generic or traditional advertisements are displayed. Animoto's terms state that they will keep a user's PII secure by using current industry standards. Lastly, the policies clearly state that the website is only intended for users over the age of 13.
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.
Animoto provides publicly accessible blogs or community forums and users should be aware that any information they provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. The vendor also provides a list of inappropriate content and behaviors that are not permitted on its website. However, Animoto does not monitor or pre-screen submissions, but they retain the right to remove content for any reason. Users may notify Animoto of content that might not comply with the Terms of Service by filling out a feedback form.
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.
Animoto displays interest-based advertisements to a user on the service unless they provide opt-out consent, in which case generic or traditional advertisements are still displayed. Animoto partners with a third party-service provider to gather information about a user's activities on the service, and other websites, in order to present interest-based advertising to a user.

The terms do not contain a comprehensive list of third parties used to support the service, and do not detail any contractual restrictions placed on third parties who collect data. In addition, Animoto supports social login, and can gather information about a user from social login third-party service providers and any user data can be sold as part of a merger or acquisition. Lastly, users will be notified via email if the policies undergo material changes.
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.
Animoto's terms state that they will keep a user's PII secure by using current industry standards. In addition, Animoto stores data on Amazon servers, and restricts access to PII to only selected Animoto staff and contractors. Lastly ,videos and other user generated content appear to be obscured via complex URLs.
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.
Animoto's policies clearly state that the website is only intended for users over the age of 13. However, while the sign up page includes an education option, the terms do not mention obtaining verifiable parental consent, or any reference to use by students, parents, schools, educators, teachers, school officials, or other references that typically indicate educational use.

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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