New Alliance Offers Collaborative Approach to Evaluating Data Privacy Policies of Educational Technology Applications
LAKE MARY, Florida, 13 November 2018 — 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech/1EdTech), the world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing edtech interoperability, innovation, and learning impact announced the launch of its education community-driven process to examine and share information about the data privacy supported by educational applications.
The 1EdTech App Vetting and Privacy Alliance provides a unique and much-needed service through which 1EdTech higher education and K-12 institutional, state, and supplier members can understand and address privacy concerns in a cooperative manner. Educating members about privacy requirements, promoting active communication among all participants, and evolving an effective privacy rubric standard as a result of the findings are distinctive elements of the 1EdTech App Vetting service. 1EdTech’s organizational membership of nearly 500 educational sector participants provides the critical mass, trust, and commitment for all parties to provide the transparency and protections that schools, parents, and students desire.
“The 1EdTech App Vetting program will provide tremendous value to both institutions and vendors. Institutions of any size will now be able to leverage the expertise of 1EdTech to better understand potential privacy issues of the apps they use, and to adopt apps that support their learning objectives more quickly and more confidently,” said Brian Lukoff, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Perusall. “Vendors will benefit by having a trusted partner in 1EdTech to communicate privacy compliance to customers without the overhead of managing separate review processes with each customer.”
"We recognize that the privacy of individuals and organizations is a primary concern to those who use our content authoring products,” said Sue Evans, CEO and Co-Founder, SoftChalk LLC. “Through efforts such as 1EdTech App Vetting, we are able to more clearly and concisely communicate how we address those concerns, and institutions are able to more easily understand our processes and policies."
Note that the security review aspect of the 1EdTech service is a very high-level guide for practitioners and does not substitute for a detailed security audit. 1EdTech institutional leadership continues to work with 1EdTech partner organizations to recommend more detailed security audit frameworks such as EDUCAUSE HEISC.
“1EdTech believes that information sharing and open, constructive dialog between edtech suppliers and institutions will result in more accurate reviews of an organization’s products, better transparency into data usage and privacy considerations, and measurable improvements to the student data privacy in edtech applications,” said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, 1EdTech Consortium. “1EdTech is actively working with our institutional members to evolve the process and the service to ensure it is the trusted resource that they need. The cooperative community approach will not only be more reliable than the current situation but will also save institutions many hours of valuable time in having to figure all of this out on their own.”
“With the proliferation of cloud-based instructional tools, data privacy is a new and complex responsibility for K-12 school and higher ed staff,” said Mark A. Walls, Executive Director, Information Systems and Solutions, Gwinnett County Public Schools. “The 1EdTech App Vetting profiles, which are based on an initial matrix with more criteria to be added in the future, are incredibly valuable for staff to quickly learn about providers' data protection policies and practices. The App Vetting profiles give instructional and technical staff critical data privacy information that is key to instructional resource adoptions.”
“1EdTech App Vetting will help streamline our ability to thoroughly vet and evaluate the edtech apps we are using, or thinking of using, without having to perform the required tasks separately and on our own in isolation,” said Nick Thompson, Assistant Director, Common Collaborative Learning Environment, UCLA. “As more organizations participate in the process by submitting reviews the more valuable 1EdTech App Vetting results will be for everyone.”
1EdTech App Vetting is one component of recent 1EdTech member-led work to enable better privacy and ensure the responsible use of data in 1EdTech Certified applications. In May 2018, 1EdTech released a new security model with Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) version 1.3, which is currently available for member adoption. LTI v1.3 provides a built-in set of features for administrative management of privacy data exchange as well as verification of the data that is exchanged via LTI Insights.
For more information on 1EdTech Global's App Vetting go to imsglobal.org/activity/app-vetting.
To view the benefits of the App Vetting & Privacy Alliance and become an 1EdTech member go to imsglobal.org/join.
About 1EdTech Consortium
1EdTech is a nonprofit organization that advances technology to affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. 1EdTech members are leading suppliers, institutions, and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. 1EdTech sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology.