Wondering about privacy?
Concerned about storing student data with thatquiz.org?
  • All data belongs to the teacher who creates a class, not to thatquiz.org.
  • We never sell your data or share it with anyone.
  • If your school has to comply with laws regarding privacy of student records, turn on high privacy mode and use our service anonymously.
High privacy mode
When you enable high privacy mode, you can use thatquiz.org without storing any personally identifiable information at all. What do we mean by that? If you provide only the first name of a student (e.g. John) or initials (JK) or a pseudonym (Jumper) or a student id number (982376), John's identity in the real world is unknown to us. Some more things to consider:
  • ThatQuiz does not record IP addresses in a way that could be linked to any given teacher or student using the website. We don't know the physical locations of individual people using the service. We don't know if a recorded grade has been submitted from Ireland or Canada or Australia. This is true regardless of your privacy mode setting. (Some IP addresses are logged temporarily in order to inform us of the general geographic distribution of our visitors, but not in a way which would reveal the location of a specific user.)
  • ThatQuiz does not track students with cookies. Cookies are used only for teacher login purposes, and are deleted as soon as a teacher logs out. This is also true regardless of your privacy mode setting.
  • In high privacy mode, email notification is disabled, to enhance student privacy.
  • If concerned about privacy, teachers should use a non-identifying email address for their own accounts. For example, you might avoid an email address that contains the name of your school, because this reduces the anonymity of your students.
How do I turn on high privacy mode?
  1. Choose "Account Info" in your teacher menu.
  2. Check the box "Enable high privacy mode".
Can I use thatquiz.org and comply with FERPA and COPPA?
Yes, you can. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a United States law concerning student records. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) concerns collection of information online. When you use thatquiz.org, you are storing some testing records on an encrypted physical disc at a data center in Virginia, USA. Storage of those records does not constitute disclosure to anyone. The teacher owning the account under which those records are stored is the only person authorized to view them. By turning on high privacy mode and using thatquiz.org in an anonymous way, you even avoid storing any "directory" information about your students. While compliance with FERPA is ultimately the responsibility of the teacher, thatquiz.org provides every teacher with the means to comply. To illustrate: A teacher who turns off high privacy mode and uses ThatQuiz to email student test results to a third party vendor outside the school system might be in violation of FERPA. A teacher who turns on high privacy mode and uses ThatQuiz only for his or her own record keeping and analysis is in compliance with both FERPA and COPPA.
What if my data is stolen?
ThatQuiz has never had a data breach to its knowledge. If the privacy of student data is ever compromised, we'll disclose that immediately to every teacher who logs in. You can also protect yourself from the risk of a data breach by using the service anonymously. When you are in high privacy mode, here is an example of what stolen data could reveal: Some student identified by "JK" completed a test, somewhere in the world, on January 22 at 9:00 UTC, and received a grade of 85% after incorrectly answering questions about fraction addition. (Or something similar.) This is not information which is of high value. It does not identify JK as a student who sits in your classroom five days a week, or even identify the country where JK attends school.
The last word
We aim to provide a great online assessment tool for anyone in the world who wants to use it. We don't need to know anything about you or your students in order to do that.