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New system measures apps for data privacy

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge
June 16th, 2015

Rubric could help districts gauge how to rate apps based on how they handle data privacy

privacy-rubricA rating system for educational apps has the potential to fill in a student data privacy gap between what school districts can control and what teachers can download.

More than 20 school districts are collaborating with the independent nonprofit Common Sense Media to develop a privacy and safety rubric that will be used to rate apps according to what they do with student data.

Student data privacy has been a key focus for school districts over the last few years as more of them turn to digital resources created by third-party vendors to help students learn. Teachers often click “yes” that they agree with the privacy policy, but download apps for students without reading what the app developer actually does with student data.

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