Monday, March 9, 2015

TreeRing Signs Student Privacy Pledge Joing Apple, Google, Edmodo & others in Commitment to Safeguard Student Privacy

TreeRing Signs Student Privacy Pledge Joing Apple, Google, Edmodo & others in Commitment to Safeguard Student Privacy

San Mateo, CA - March 9th, 2015 - Continuing its commitment to student privacy, TreeRing Corporation today joined more than 100 other leading education technology companies in signing the Future of Privacy Forum’s Student Privacy Pledge.

The pledge, launched in October 2014, features a list of 12 commitments each signatory must make, including:

  • Not sell student information
  • Not behaviorally target advertising to students
  • Use data only for authorized education purposes
  • Not change privacy policies without notice and choice
  • Enforce strict limits on data retention
  • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
  • Provide comprehensive security standards
  • Be transparent about collection and use of data

President Obama, the National PTA and the National School Boards Association all endorse the pledge and the commitments that comprise it.

TreeRing, the first social yearbook, has adhered to the tenants of the pledge since its founding in 2009, so signing was an easy decision, said co-founder and CEO Aaron Greco.

“Privacy is a core promise we make to every person who uses our product,” Greco said. “We know that there are a lot of factors that go into deciding how and when to share photos and memories, and that it can be a very personal decision. We want parents, teachers and students to all feel confident that, until they make that decision to share, any information they provide to TreeRing remains private.”

TreeRing now partners with more than 3,500 schools to help more than one million students capture and preserve their memories, and have them printed in their own unique versions of the school yearbook.

Other signatories of the Student Privacy Pledge include Apple, Clever, Code.org, Edmodo, Google, Gaggle, and Microsoft