Educator Privacy Training

Common Sense Policy Annotator Training: For Educators

Privacy Evaluation Initiative

The Common Sense Privacy Evaluation Initiative helps clarify privacy policies with its policy annotator so that teachers can make smart choices about the learning tools they use with students, and schools and districts can participate in evaluating the technology used in K–12 classrooms.

Training Guide

The following training guide is presented for educators in several short video presentations to provide training on the Common Sense privacy evaluations, use of the policy annotator tool to complete basic or full evaluations, and more information about our transparency questions, scoring methodology, and how to understand the the results.

Privacy Evaluations

Our evaluation process for online applications and services attempts to address some of the common barriers to evaluating privacy practices. Privacy concerns and needs vary widely based on the app and the context where it is used. For example, it makes sense for a student information system to collect a home address; however, it wouldn't make sense for an online calculator to collect a home address. Because our evaluation process pairs a transparency evaluation with a qualitative evaluation, we can track what a policy covers alongside the strengths and weaknesses of how data is handled. Lastly, our summary evaluation allows us to highlight the implications of an app's privacy practices alongside the goals and contexts within which the app can be used.

For more information about the Privacy Evaluation Initiative click here.

Policy Annotator

The policy annotator tool was developed to address common barriers to evaluating privacy policies. The easy-to-use tool makes evaluating privacy policies easier to complete while also identifying privacy concerns in context. The policy annotator pairs a transparency evaluation with a qualitative evaluation to highlight the implications of the application or service's privacy practices, that when completed provides an evaluation tier and overall score for the product. The following videos illustrate the different features of the policy annotator tool and how to complete basic or full evaluations:

1. Accessing the Tool

2. Selecting a Product 

3. Choosing a Mode

4. Annotating Transparency Questions

5. Answering Transparency Questions

6. Creating a Summary

7. Understanding the Results - Details

8. Understanding the Results - Scoring

9. Understanding the Results - Tiers