Edlink helps create integrations between school data platforms and third-party applications. In order for the integrations to work properly, school technology administrators need to grant Edlink access to their data platform. Edlink then makes the data available to the third-party applications approved the school administrator.

Due to the sensitivity of school data, we take several precautions to make sure that only authorized applications have access. It's important for our clients and their partner schools to understand how we use and protect data.

No, Edlink does not share any data with advertisers. We do not sell or monetize any data we collect. Edlink does not allow behavioral tracking or create marketing profiles based on user activity. We also do not show advertisements to our users.

Only the following groups of people have access to a school's data:

  • The administrators of the school who have connected data sources to Edlink;
  • Edlink developers and customer service agents; and,
  • Application vendors who have been specifically granted access by school technology administrators.

As part of the integration setup process, school admins connect their data platforms to Edlink. The user must be an administrator of the LMS or data source that they want to connect to Edlink. The school administrator will then review which permissions an application requests. School admins may deny the integration if they are not comfortable with the requested permissions.

If the admin does accept the requested permissions, the application will be able to access the selected data from the school's data source.

Schools may revoke access to their data sources at any time through the dashboard. Per GDPR, individuals may request the deletion of their data by emailing Edlink at privacy@ed.link.

Note that application developers will not be able to access the data for any schools who have not authorized their application. Developers will also not be able to access data if the specific permission has not been authorized by the school administrator. Developers cannot increase the amount of data or functionality their app can access without authorization from the admin.

Edlink may also use anonymized data to help improve services for developers and schools. We may also use anonymized data for reporting or for the creation of marketing materials. All personally identifiable information will be removed to create anonymized data.

How is that data protected?

Edlink's systems are all hosted by Google Cloud platform, primarily in the US-Central Zone (Iowa). We store all data that originates in the United States inside the United States.

Access to Edlink databases are password protected and can only be accessed by Edlink developers. Third-party application developers can only access data that they have been authorized to access through the Edlink Dashboard and Edlink API.

Developers have to agree to our Terms & Conditions and Additional Developer Terms before being allowed to publish applications in Edlink. Developers who do not follow these terms will have their access to Edlink and school data accessed through Edlink immediately revoked.

In the event that a partner application suffers from a data breach, Edlink will immediately notify the associated school districts. In addition, we will disable any active connections between the school data source and the application until a thorough investigation has been completed.

Edlink complies with all Federal student and child privacy laws, including FERPA and COPPA.

More Questions?

If you need additional information on how data safeguards or how we handle school data, please email us at accounts@ed.link or contact us at our support page. You may also view all of our legal documents and policies here.