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Buncee Earns iKeepSafe Privacy COPPA Safe Harbor Badge

 


June 16th, 2016 — Buncee has been awarded the iKeepSafe COPPA badge in recognition of their alignment with iKeepSafe’s guidelines surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As part of this achievement, Buncee will display the iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge and COPPA Safe Harbor seal to identify that the product has been proactively and independently assessed by an experienced privacy protection organization.

The iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge assists schools to easily identify websites, apps, data management platforms or other technology products that are in compliance with COPPA, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Products that carry the iKeepSafe Safe Harbor program seal help educators and parents determine that the product is compliant with COPPA, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Rule designed to ensure that parents remain in control of personal information collected from their children online.

Buncee is a cloud-based creation and presentation tool designed to facilitate student creativity while allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge and become self-directed content producers. The product includes features such as text-to-speech, web accessibility, record audio, and speech to text, directed at students of varying learning skills and abilities. Students can use Buncee to build multimedia projects and presentations to visualize and showcase their learning, express their creativity, and share their story.

“It is Buncee’s mission to provide an interactive, creative space where students can easily build and share multimedia projects and presentations inside and outside of the classroom. Providing a safe environment where our children can immerse themselves in the learning process and demonstrate their knowledge is critical to the entire Buncee team,” states Marie Arturi, CEO and founder of Buncee. “We are thrilled to be working with iKeepSafe to recognize the strong security practices that our team has implemented. We will continue to make the privacy of our students’ data a top priority and look forward to supporting the students, teachers, and schools using the Buncee platform.”

As the co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit, Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran further states, “What a wonderful accomplishment. So pleased to see a company like Buncee make digital citizenship a top priority. It makes a powerful statement that digital citizenship is everyone’s responsibility to model and teach. We need more edtech companies to follow their lead and help our students be safe, savvy, and ethical both on and offline.”

“Social norming independent privacy and data governance reviews among edtech vendors will greatly benefit students and educators,” said Marsali Hancock, president and CEO of iKeepSafe. “By receiving the COPPA badge, Buncee has not only helped further this goal, but has also demonstrated their commitment to protecting student information.”

Products participating in the iKeepSafe COPPA assessment must undergo annual re-evaluation to continue displaying the iKeepSafe badge. For the evaluation, an independent privacy expert reviewed Buncee, their privacy policy and practices, as well as their data security practices.

For over a decade, iKeepSafe has been a trusted resource for schools and parents looking for balanced information about safe and healthy use of connected technologies.

For more information about Buncee, visit www.edu.buncee.com.

For more information iKeepSafe Privacy badges, visit iKeepSafe.org/participating-companies.

About Buncee

Buncee is a cloud-based creation and presentation tool designed to facilitate student creativity while allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge and become self-directed content producers. Features such as text-to-speech,web accessibility, record audio, and most recently on our mobile application, speech to text, have been added to appeal to students of varying learning skills and abilities. The final product can be published as privately or publicly as the user desires. With its easy-to-use, interactive canvas, students can use Buncee to build multimedia projects and presentations to visualize and showcase their learning, express their creativity, and share their story.

About iKeepSafe

iKeepSafe is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help youth thrive in the digital environment, by promoting safe and healthy use of technology. They track trends and conduct research to identify youth needs, as well as solicit expert opinions to develop resources and tools that assist parents, educators, and youth.


Source: iKeepSafe