For more than a decade, schools and parents have relied on iKeepSafe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, for balanced information about using technology safely.
iKeepSafe’s reviews are conducted by some of the most qualified professionals in the field. See our Privacy Team bios for more information.
Your privacy policies and practices might already be top-notch, but schools are seeking assurance by a trusted third party. Undergoing iKeepSafe’s vetting process communicates to educators, parents, and school systems that the product not only complies with state and federal policy, but also iKeepSafe’s rigorous standard of excellence.
Absolutely. For over 10 years, iKeepSafe has built itself as a reliable source within the educational community. We have an expansive network of districts, schools, and educators who will look to us to recommend the safest products for their students. Programs that undergo a privacy assessment will be added to the iKeepSafe Trusted Products database, a source from which educators can confidently shop.
The California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) helped us develop these assessments, and continue to endorse them. Find their template letter to tech vendors here. iKeepSafe can recommend products that undergo assessments to the schools served by CETPA — about 70% of those in the state of California.
Federal and state law requires stringent due diligence from both technology vendors and local educational agencies in protecting the privacy of student data. Educators can neither use nor form valid contracts with vendors whose products are not compliant with legal privacy requirements.
Vendors need access to privacy and security professionals to maintain a competitive edge in edtech, but legal fees are often too high for emerging companies, and consequences for noncompliance are exorbitant.
Educators need ways of easily knowing that the tools they are bringing into school are safe and legal.
We found that edtech vendors were repeatedly spending resources to both complete privacy reviews with attorneys and communicate their practices to their customers – schools. Our badges allow vendors to complete one initial assessment and demonstrate their ongoing compliance with federal and state privacy and security laws.
Websites, apps, data-management systems, and any other technology handling student data can be assessed not only for compliance with federal and state law, but also alignment with iKeepSafe’s guiding principles and recommended best practices.
Browse the Product Profiles of assessed vendors here.
iKeepSafe has partnered with CETPA and the lawyers at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost to ensure that our Privacy Assessments meet the standards of legal and educational leaders.
“With the passage of AB 1584 and SOPIPA many districts are struggling to adequately vet vendor privacy policies let alone technical review of vendor products to assure compliance. The iKeepSafe badging process would give me assurance that the vendor’s product has been thoroughly reviewed and is compliant with this new student privacy legislation.
Having a badge would give me confidence that I could move forward with a vendor’s product knowing that student data will be protected.”
– Stephen K.Carr, President Elect of CETPA, CTO Ventura County Office of Education
The initial assessment can normally be completed within a month. After the fourth month, the ongoing subscription and monthly monitoring begins.
No. All of the iKeepSafe Privacy Assessments are performed under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). It is iKeepSafe’s policy only to report “good news” – we do not rank products, and we do not report areas needing improvement. Under NDA, we help companies complete the assessments by bringing and keeping their products into alignment with their federal and state requirements.
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After vendors submit a questionnaire, data table, and all written policies to iKeepSafe, the remaining work will primarily be done by the iKeepSafe privacy professionals. They will log in to the product as a student, teacher, parent, school administrator, etc. (whichever is applicable to your particular product).