Privacy Evaluations for EdTech Products
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Districts, schools, and teachers can make more informed decisions about the safety and security of apps they use with students.

The Common Sense Privacy Evaluation Initiative began in 2014 when a group of school districts, including Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia) and Houston Independent School District, approached Common Sense to address the complex and varied privacy policies of technology used in K–12 classrooms. Today, with the involvement of over 100 schools and districts, the initiative has resulted in a platform that seeks not only to evaluate edtech but also to work with the K–12 educational software industry to simplify and standardize privacy policies.

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We evaluate popular edtech apps on Safety, Privacy, Compliance, and Security.

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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.

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Privacy Questions

Make sense of vendors' privacy terms using this question set to evaluate what is and isn't covered and highlight obligations of each party.

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Needles, Haystacks, and Policies

When evaluating software, it's often necessary to look in multiple places to find the applicable policies. This is how we do it.
When running privacy evaluations, identifying the correct policies that govern the use of a service is the first hurdle to overcome. In many cases, this is straightforward, but in some situations, it's ... Read more
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