Big corporations are violating your kids privacy with Richardson Independent School District's permission and the district isn't telling you because they don't want to kill the golden goose and actually take responsibility. They'd rather exploit your kids -it's much cheaper than paying for the 'free' software they use.
To get an idea of just how absurd the idea is that parents or children of RISD could actually make an informed choice to agree or not to the privacy policies of the 198 ad partners of the learning tool, Live Worksheet that's used in the classroom, that no one can opt of, here's a link to just one of those privacy policies of just one those ad partners that Live Worksheets uses.
SALE OF INFORMATION. In order to accommodate changes in our business, we may sell, buy or otherwise transfer portions of our company or other companies or assets, including the information collected through this Site. In the event of a proposed or actual purchase, sale (including a liquidation, realization, foreclosure or repossession), lease, merger, amalgamation or any other type of acquisition, disposal, transfer, conveyance or financing of all or substantially all of the assets of Aarki, user information (including Personal Data) will be one of the assets transferred to the transferee.
So, in a nutshell they sell user data-they collect data on our kids and sell it. To whom? for what? Who knows, we don't have any control over that it's not our, or our kid's data any more it's Aarki's.
Well, OK, that horse will get out of the barn-what do they collect?
So, they automatically know-what browser you're using and IP-so where you are, the date, the time, and domain name so RISD.ORG-so they would know it's a school. In the US this information isn't treated as 'personal data' in Europe it is considered personal and protected.
Aarki gathers 'traffic data' which sounds innocuous. This is the network data generated when you go to a web site the IP packets necessary to transfer the data to and from the site. The network traffic. So it's the information about which sites the kids go to so the ads can be targeted appropriately.
Aarki analyzes network traffic within the site itself i.e., they note how how many page views the site has how many unique views a certain area has etc. There are probably other areas captured here as well but the do not appear to focus on anything outside of the site. They do know who is doing it though as they know it's the same IP throughout.
I'm not an attorney but the following paragraph doesn't square with with the previous one and, frankly, I'd be inclined to believe that they would indeed sell the data and then if asked simply say-'we told we would'!
This is 1 of 198 privacy policies of 198 ad partners of Live Worksheets. It is absurd to consider that the parents of the kids in RISD would review and 'agree' to each of these. Who on earth would agree to this with their kids???!! My kids are 13, 13, and 17. My bet is Live Worksheets are used with kids a lot younger and Richardson Independent School District is allowing their data to be sold and simply not alerting parents to this fact. It's unconscionable yet might makes right doesn't it? They are the biggest kid on the block so they'll do whatever they want with whatever kid is sent to them. For as long as they can get away with it.