Education Initiative Privacy Principles
Last Updated: March 20, 2018

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is committed to protecting student privacy and building trust with parents, teachers, and students. We believe it is important to be transparent about our data privacy practices. 

Currently, CZI does not receive or collect student personal information or other personal information from any of our education partners or grantees or their users, or directly from students, parents or teachers. As our work evolves, we may receive that information in the future. If CZI ever receives student personal information, or other types of personal information, from our education partners, any other third parties, or directly from teachers, parents or students, we commit to the following Privacy Principles with respect to such information:


  • Student Privacy Pledge:  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.

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

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

  • Student Data Never Used for Advertising: We will not use student personal information for advertising purposes.

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

  • Data Retention: We will not retain student personal information for any longer than is necessary for educational purposes or to provide the services for which we receive or collect the student personal information.

  • 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, we will provide prominent notice by posting a notice on our service or this website page and/or we will notify you by email (if you have provided an email address to us).

  • Right to Access Data: We will support access to and correction of student personal information by the student or their authorized parent, either by assisting the school in meeting its requirements for access, or directly when the information is collected directly from the student with student/parent consent.

How CZI Accesses Data When Providing Technical Support to Partners

Today, our engineers are working with educators to develop tools that enable deeper collaboration between teachers and students. For example, CZI provides technical assistance and software engineering support for the Summit Learning Program.

In the course of providing this technical assistance and engineering support to our partners, CZI accesses information, which may include personal information, on our partners’ servers, similar to how a contracted software firm would provide services. However, CZI does not receive or collect student personal information or other personal information from any of our education partners, grantees, or their users for any other uses. All of the personal information we access as a service provider is owned by CZI’s education partners or grantees or their users and is located on servers owned by these education partners or grantees (or service providers they may use to provide such data storage services). CZI does not own any of this personal information.

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