Policy

How Edtech Data is Collected and Sold

Nov 17, 2014

WHOSE DATA IS IT, ANYWAYS? No one roasts privacy policies and service terms for troublesome language quite like Bill Fitzgerald, who's already scrutinized a number of popular edtech startups including ClassDojo and Remind. Last week, he outlined the five typical ways that "edtech data" (anything from an innocuous email address to GPS location) can be collected--often without parental consent. More worrisome is how users' information can be easily transferred and sold to others--especially given how often startups fail. "If a company doesn't have enough faith in their product to leave user data off the table as an asset, we should match their level of faith," Fitzgerald writes, "and not use their product."

Policy

How Edtech Data is Collected and Sold

Nov 17, 2014

WHOSE DATA IS IT, ANYWAYS? No one roasts privacy policies and service terms for troublesome language quite like Bill Fitzgerald, who's already scrutinized a number of popular edtech startups including ClassDojo and Remind. Last week, he outlined the five typical ways that "edtech data" (anything from an innocuous email address to GPS location) can be collected--often without parental consent. More worrisome is how users' information can be easily transferred and sold to others--especially given how often startups fail. "If a company doesn't have enough faith in their product to leave user data off the table as an asset, we should match their level of faith," Fitzgerald writes, "and not use their product."

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