Evaluation Process

Our evaluation process for apps attempts to address some 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; it wouldn't make sense for an online calculator to get a home address. Because we pair a transparency evaluation with a qualitative evaluation, we can track what policies cover alongside the strengths and weaknesses of how data is handled. Then, our summary evaluation allows us to highlight the implications of privacy practice alongside the goals and contexts within which the app can be used.

Our full evaluation process is described in this post.