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Advice: Privacy Evaluations for EdTech Products

Common Sense Education's Privacy Initiative

Overview

Common Sense Education developed a privacy evaluation initiative to help districts, schools, and teachers make more informed decisions about the apps they use with students. The platform currently has more than 300 evaluations of popular EdTech apps based on safety, privacy, compliance, and security. It also includes an Information Security Primer for district and school technology leaders who want to learn more about evaluating the information security practices of educational software. Common Sense Education also is working with the K–12 educational software industry to simplify and standardize privacy policies.

On the website, you'll find (as quoted on the site):

  • PRIVACY EVALUATIONS Common Sense evaluates popular edtech apps using a broad range of legal requirements and best practices for data privacy. We focus on the core concerns of safety, privacy, security, and compliance.
  • INFORMATION SECURITY PRIMER Great for district and school technology leaders, this toolkit is for those looking to learn more about evaluating the information security practices of educational software.
  • PRIVACY QUESTIONS Make sense of a vendor's terms of service with this question set that helps educators and administrators come to decisions based on their specific school and district policies.