Education Initiative Privacy Principles

Last Updated: September 15, 2020

At the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), we believe every child should enter into adulthood with the skills and abilities they need to reach their full potential — and that every teacher is equipped with the tools and resources they need to help get them there.

That’s why we partner with Gradient Learning to build tools that empower teachers to better meet the individual needs of every student — and to ensure adherence to strong student privacy practices.

In addition to our grantmaking support and collaboration on integrating the science of learning and development, CZI’s education technology team provides pro bono technology support by building and maintaining online tools that help teachers tailor their instruction to meet each student’s unique needs.

As part of our partnership with Gradient Learning, CZI works as a service provider —with privacy and security top of mind — to improve the technology that enables teachers,schools and school districts to meet the needs of students. In order to fulfill our technical responsibilities, a limited number of CZI staff members who support these online tools need access to student, teacher, and parent data. We comply with Gradient Learning’s rigorous privacy and security policies that it enforces with all of its service providers for tools like Summit Learning.

CZI is committed to protecting student privacy, and to building trust with parents, teachers, and students through transparency.

We have signed onto and follow the set of principles established by the Student Privacy Pledge intended to safeguard student privacy, including responsible stewardship, protection, and transparent handling of student personal information.  In addition to the Pledge, the principles below both guide our work with Gradient Learning and our values as we collaborate with other education partners and grantees. We encourage all grantees and partners to adopt similar principles in their work to ensure student data is protected while used to further student learning.


  • Last Updated: April 4, 2019

  • You Own Your Data: We won’t ever own your content or any of your information that you provide or we receive – you (students, parents and/or schools) will own your content and information.

  • We Never Sell Student Information: We will never sell or rent student personal information or non-personal information. We will only share student personal information as required by law or with a selected set of trusted service providers necessary to provide or develop our education services (such as database management services, database hosting, and security services), and we will be transparent about who these service providers are. We will require that these service providers process personal information in accordance with our instructions, consistent with these Education Privacy Principles, and any other appropriate confidentiality, security, or other requirements.

  • We Never Share Student Data with Facebook: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a separate, independent philanthropic organization from Facebook, and  we will never share any student personal information with Facebook.

  • Student Data Never Used for Advertising: We will never use student personal information for advertising purposes.

  • Security and Privacy by Design: We design products with security and privacy in mind from day one, including using encryption and other security safeguards designed to protect personal information.

  • Data Retention: We will never retain student personal information for any longer than is necessary for educational services.

  • Transparency and Choice: We will be transparent about our practices, so that you can make meaningful choices about how your personal information is used. If we make a material change to our privacy statement, we will provide prominent and appropriate notice by posting a notice on our service, this website page, or emailing you.

  • Right to Access and Delete Data: We will support access to, correction, and deletion of student personal information by the student, their parent or authorized guardian, including by assisting the school in meeting its requirements for access, correction, and deletion.