Kickboard Open Sourcing It's Privacy Policies to Help Ed Tech Companies Better Protect Student Data While Increasing Transparency Kickboard | 3.24.2015

NEW ORLEANS — March 24, 2015 — Protecting the privacy and security of student data is crucial for any company serving K-12 schools. Many companies, however, find there are few resources available to help them develop an effective privacy policy and terms of service. Kickboard, developer of the award-winning Kickboard software, is leading the industry to fill this critical need by “open sourcing” its privacy policies and processes. 

“As an industry, it’s critical that we work together to ensure student data privacy and security remain top priorities. That starts with more transparency around the actual policies and processes that are in place,” said Kickboard CEO Jennifer Medbery. “When I founded Kickboard, there weren’t many resources for startups in these areas. So we’ve created a clear, concise, transparent, and easily understandable policy that can serve as a model in the education industry.”

Kickboard’s Platform and Service Privacy Policy includes information about the roles of schools and school officials; how information about students, school officials and parents is collected, tracked and used; and data security. It clearly describes what the company does with personally identifiable information, and how it addresses the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 

“At Kickboard, we believe the best approach to ensuring student privacy is to be proactive and collaborative. Part of that means crafting a privacy policy that doesn’t require a law degree to decipher,” said Medbery. “While we understand each company is different, we think that  sharing our approach can benefit other organizations — particularly companies in the early stages — as well as the schools and districts we all serve.”

Last fall, Kickboard was recognized for innovation in this area with an Honorable Mention in the Crystal Clear category of the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILAs). The Crystal Clear category recognized excellence among companies that disclose privacy policies with clear, detailed descriptions of how data is used and who owns it.

Kickboard’s Platform and Service Privacy Policy is available at: http://www.kickboardforschools.com/terms/platform-privacy-policy

For information, visit www.kickboardforschools.com.

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