I learned much more than what I had originally assumed I would learn from this experience.
Hi! My name is Iris Vold. Like many students at the University of California, Berkeley (we call it "Cal"), I tend to get a little stir crazy over the long month of winter break vacation. In anticipation ... Read more
Learn to navigate the privacy challenges of district-wide technology
The Common Sense Privacy Initiative is a coordinated effort to evaluate edtech tools, protect student privacy, and increase awareness of privacy and security concerns. The initiative helps clarify privacy ... Read more
As part of the launch of our new smart-device security testing, the Common Sense Privacy Program evaluated a popular smart device called Vector and conducted a hands-on basic security assessment for parents ... Read more
Basic evaluations turn privacy concerns into better privacy practice.
Today we would like to announce the launch of a new type of privacy evaluation called basic evaluations. These new evaluations are different from our current full evaluations because they are only a 35-point ... Read more
There is a lot of talk these days about privacy in this digital age that we live in. Facebook discussing privacy at congressional hearings, use of targeted advertising, and the sale of our personal information ... Read more
As part of our privacy evaluations, we are releasing our research data in evaluating security practices of edtech services. Learn more about our findings.
The release of this 2018 State of EdTech Security Survey represents a yearly examination of security practices of education technology-related online services using our security assessment. In 2016 Common ... Read more
The recent increase in home surveillance technology could blur the boundaries between private and public spaces, and change expectations of privacy.
In recent months, real-estate agents disclosed to potential home buyers that some sellers used their home surveillance cameras to remotely spy on buyers during open house tours. However, real-estate agents ... Read more
It's Time to Vote for Common Sense Privacy at SXSW Edu!
A. Concerned about privacy in the classroom?
B. Not sure how to safely choose apps for your district?
C. Want to know the state of privacy in the edtech space today?
We've put together this ... Read more
Here are some tips that parents and edtech companies can use to make privacy policies easier to understand.
Only 36 percent of teens and 25 percent of parents who use social media believe that social media networking sites and applications adequately explain how they use user data, according to a recent survey ... Read more
A majority of applications and services are non-transparent or explicitly allow the onward Transfer of Data.
Among the applications and services we evaluated for our 2018 State of EdTech Privacy Report, approximately 74% disclosed a qualitatively worse response that collected information can be transferred to ... Read more