TrustEd Apps & Data Privacy Certification TrustEd Apps & Data Privacy Certification

IMS TrustEd Apps Overview

Most educational applications are created and managed by vendors who do their best to protect the identity of the individuals accessing the system and the data that they generate. However, a comprehensive review of student privacy, data security, and other safety issues is the responsibility of the school or district to ensure that appropriate safeguards of student data are in place. Vetting educational applications can provide additional assurance that the information gathered by these educational applications is being used responsibly. The TrustEd Apps program is the process that IMS has developed to vet applications and certify them for data privacy.

Click here to view all current supplier recipients of the TrustEd Apps Seal.

Register for the Introducing IMS TrustEd Apps and Data Privacy webinar on 1 December at 11:00 a.m. ET.

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IMS App Vetting will help streamline our ability to thoroughly vet and evaluate the edtech apps we are using, or thinking of using, without having to perform the required tasks separately and on our own in isolation. As more organizations participate in the process by submitting reviews the more valuable IMS App Vetting results will be for everyone.

Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson

Assistant Director, Common Collaborative Learning Environment, UCLA

With the proliferation of cloud-based instructional tools, data privacy is a new and complex responsibility for K-12 school and higher ed staff. The IMS Global App Vetting profiles, which are based on an initial matrix with more criteria to be added in the future, are incredibly valuable for staff to quickly learn about providers' data protection policies and practices. The App Vetting profiles give instructional and technical staff critical data privacy information that is key to instructional resource adoptions.

Mark Walls

Mark Walls

Executive Director, Information Systems and Solutions, Gwinnett County Public Schools

The work IMS Global is doing to help institutions understand what quality (and poor) terms of service and privacy policies look like and what they mean for their students and institution is incredibly valuable and timely in this space, and we are very appreciative of it.

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

CEO, Portfolium