This post is from guest blogger Amber Lindsay, President & CEO of iKeepSafe. iKeepSafe is a trusted partner of Veracity Verification Solutions.
This past year presented an array of unique challenges and opportunities, when over 40 million K12 students moved to some form of distance learning and more than 30 million of those relied on digital resources for learning. With this new opportunity comes great responsibility for ed tech companies to protect children’s personal information and build trust with parents and educators.
iKeepSafe’s privacy experts will help find solutions to the most challenging privacy issues. Once assessed and certified the ed tech provider will be awarded an iKeepSafe Certified badge and an official listing on the iKeepSafe Certified Product page, showing the world that it meets the highest standards of privacy for student users while at the same time building trust.
Here are just a few of the benefits to a third-party data privacy certification:
Data privacy certification protects a school’s technology product investment with assurances that can only come from a trusted third-party review.
An ed tech vendor’s privacy policies and practices might already be top-notch, but schools are seeking assurance by a trusted third party. How can they know that the policy matches the practices of the business? How can they be sure that a company knows all the ins and outs of the changing landscape of data privacy laws? Undergoing the iKeepSafe Data Privacy Certification vetting process communicates to educators, parents, and school systems that a product not only complies with state and federal policy, but also a rigorous standard of excellence.
Data privacy certification demonstrates transparency of student data practices.
Data privacy certification simplifies the purchasing process for schools by helping to save time, build confidence and trust between schools and ed tech companies.
An educator’s time is at a premium. Along with providing excellence in educating students, they are now required to cull through thousands of technology options to support their curriculum. Teachers and IT administrators need quick and solid ways to know that an ed tech product is trusted. Having a data privacy certification provides just the time saving information that educators need.
iKeepSafe’s data privacy certification badges allow vendors to demonstrate their ongoing compliance with federal and state privacy and security laws. Having the iKeepSafe certification badge on a website or product assures schools can rely on certified products to adequately safeguard the privacy of student data.
Working with iKeepSafe
A designated COPPA Safe Harbor non-profit organization, iKeepSafe has been working with technology companies, educators, parents and children since 2005. We provide a professional, personal, and thorough process that ensures compliance with data privacy laws and regulations. Our process is simple, cost effective, and trusted by a massive network of education stakeholders.
Given the importance of student data privacy and the changing landscape of data privacy regulation, it’s never been more important to make sure your product is in compliance with data privacy laws and regulations. For more information on data privacy laws, see our FERPA 101 and COPPA 101 pages, and our FAQ page.
Author: Amber Lindsay
President & CEO, iKeepSafe