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Seesaw Privacy Policy

Last Updated: June 21, 2018


Seesaw’s mission is to create an environment where students can be their best.  To accomplish this goal, it’s essential that Seesaw is a safe place for students to document their learning, and that parents and teachers are in complete control over how that information is shared.

Protecting your privacy is fundamental to our mission and business. The following summarize our promises to you.

  • We never sell your data or student data.

  • We never advertise in Seesaw.

  • We don’t own the content you add to Seesaw.

  • Student work is private to the classroom by default.

  • We use the latest security industry best practices to protect you.

  • We are transparent about our practices and will notify you if things change.

  • We are compliant with FERPA, COPPA, and GDPR.

You can read more about our Privacy Principles and our commitment to privacy here. 

This Privacy Policy governs the use of data collected by our websites at, and the Seesaw Application (collectively “the Seesaw Service”, “the Service” or “Seesaw”).  This includes personally identifiable information that we collect when you create an account (“Account Information”), content added to class journals (“Journal Content”), Activities teachers create, and Messages sent via Seesaw.  Any data collected by Seesaw that can be linked back to an individual student is considered “Student Data”.

By using Seesaw,  you agree to this Privacy Policy. If you don’t agree, please don’t use Seesaw.  You can contact us anytime with questions about this policy at



We require that teachers or schools get parental consent before using Seesaw with children who are under the age when they can grant consent on their own.  This age may vary based on where you live. For example, in the US that age is younger than 13. You should check your local laws to determine the relevant age in your country.  If you are aware Seesaw is collecting information from a student without parental consent, please contact us immediately at and we will delete the data.

There are a number of ways in which teachers or schools can obtain parental consent:

  • Get consent as part of a school-wide technology consent process you may already have in place.

  • Use our sample consent form - but please note that this is an example only and does not constitute legal advice.

  • For teachers in the United States, agree to act as the parent’s agent, and provide consent on their behalf to use Seesaw solely in the educational context as provided by the FTC. Learn More.



Data collected by Seesaw may include personally identifiable information from education records that are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, “FERPA”, ("FERPA Records").  To the extent that Student Data includes FERPA Records, you designate Seesaw as a "School Official" (as that term is used in FERPA and its implementing regulations) under the direct control of the school with regard to the use and maintenance of the FERPA Records and Seesaw agrees to comply with FERPA.



Seesaw complies with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) and makes it easy for EU individuals to exercise their rights described in that regulation.  The purposes for which Seesaw collects your information, the categories and specific types of information, and our practices and policies regarding the processing of your information are described in this Privacy Policy and our Data Processing Agreement.  If you have specific questions about how Seesaw is compliant with GDPR, please see our frequently asked questions about GDPR.



Teachers, parents, family members, students, and schools may create accounts on Seesaw.  We also collect limited log-data from all visitors to our marketing website.



Account Information: When teachers, parents, family members, or school administrators create an account on Seesaw we collect your name, email address, password, and profile picture. Seesaw may also collect your phone number if you enter it in your Account Settings.

Students cannot create an account by themselves, but must be invited to a Seesaw class by a teacher or school administrator. Where students have permission to use Seesaw, Seesaw collects personally identifiable information about them including their names, email addresses, and profile picture. This information may be entered by a teacher or the student or populated from the student’s account with a third party sign-in service, such as their Google account.

Journal Content: Seesaw also collects content that is added to a class or student journal.  This content may be photos, drawings, files, notes, hyperlinks, and other ways of documenting student learning. We regularly add types of information that can be uploaded to a Journal, and these are all covered by this Policy.  We also collect comments on posts in your class journal which may be text, or if you allow Seesaw to access the microphone on your device, voice recordings. Journal Content that is uploaded by a student or teacher may be considered a student education record as defined by FERPA.

Messages: Seesaw collects messages that are sent and received in Seesaw by teachers, family members, and students.

Activities: Teachers may use Seesaw to create activities to use with their students.  Activities may include text or voice instructions for how to complete the activity, an example of a correct response or a template for students to edit.

Activity Author Profiles: Teachers who choose to publish activities to the Seesaw Activity Library can also create a public Activity Author Profile.  This includes the name and profile picture they choose to publish on their public page, their school name, their school’s location, and other information teachers may choose to publish.

Communications: Seesaw collects any information you send to us directly, such as email communications.

Information from your Google Account or other Third-Party Sign-in Service: Seesaw allows teachers, parents, and students (after being invited by a teacher) to sign up for and log into our service using a Google or Clever Account. When you sign up for an account using one of these Third-Party Services, we use the name, profile picture, and email address (if available) from these services.

Log Data: When you use Seesaw, we receive log data such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, device information, and your mobile carrier. In addition, we may receive or collect additional information such as the referring web page, referring search terms, and pages visited. If you are using Seesaw as a teacher, parent, or administrator, Seesaw may use your IP address to determine your approximate location for the purposes of sending you customized marketing and other information about our products.



We only use this information to provide our services to you.  For example we use this information to:

  • Allow you to access and use our service by verifying your identity and storing your Journal Content, Activities, and Messages.

  • Provide teachers, schools, and family members with customer support.

  • Notify you about activity on and updates to your account or your child’s account (if you’ve indicated in your account settings that you’d like notifications).

  • Research, understand, and analyze trends of users to improve and develop new features for our products.

  • Promote new Seesaw products and services to teachers, parents and schools.

  • Investigate, prevent, and detect activities on our service that we believe may violate the law or applicable regulations. We may, at the request of a school, investigate accounts to determine whether they comply with school policies.



Absolutely not. Our business model is straightforward: we charge for optional, additional features on top of our free product and have no interest in advertising within Seesaw. We never display ads, allow third-party ads, share data for the purpose of displaying ads, or allow data collection by third-party advertisers or data brokers.



We do not sell or share any data you provide with third parties except in the limited circumstances detailed below:

  • We use a small number of third-party services in order to operate and improve Seesaw – for example a data center operator that manages our servers or a notification service that helps us send you messages about your account. These services need access to your personally identifiable information in order to work (i.e. your email address is required to send you email), but are contractually prohibited from using that information for any other purpose other than to provide the Seesaw service. In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU individuals received pursuant to the EU-US and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield, Seesaw is potentially liable. A list of the third-party services that obtain personally identifiable information we currently use can be found here. When these third-party services transfer the personal information (Personal Data, as that term is defined in GDPR) of EU residents, these services are processors and are contractually bound to also comply with GDPR to protect your data privacy and security.

  • Seesaw may disclose your information to a third party to comply with applicable laws or regulations, or a valid legal request - including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. If we are going to release your data, we will do our best to provide you with notice in advance by email, unless we are prohibited from doing so by law.

  • Seesaw may disclose student Account Information and Journal Content to the child’s school district upon request, as required by FERPA.

  • By default Activities teachers create are private to their account. Optionally, teachers may choose to publish Activities they create to the public Seesaw Activity Library, in which case they will be publicly accessible along with their Activity Author Profile. We may also share activities published to the library with teachers who we think may be interested in using them with their class.

  • We may disclose or transfer your Account Information and Journal Content in connection with the sale, merger, bankruptcy, sale of assets or reorganization of our company. We will notify you if a different company will receive your information. The promises in this Privacy Policy will apply to your data as transferred to the new entity.



Seesaw is constantly improving, and we use aggregate data about how Seesaw is used -- for example what buttons you click on or what pages you visit -- to inform those decisions.

To help us analyze this data, we use a small number of third-party services (such as Google Analytics and Fabric).  In no circumstances are any data you have shared with Seesaw (such as your Account Information or Journal Content) shared with these services.  In addition, these services are contractually obligated only to use data about your usage of Seesaw to provide analytics services to us and are prohibited from sharing it or using it for other purposes. If you do not wish to participate in Google Analytics, you may download the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

We also use third-party conversion tracking services only to understand if a teacher signs up for Seesaw after seeing an ad for Seesaw.  None of the data you share with Seesaw (such as your Account Information or Journal Content) is shared with these services.



Cookies are small text files that we transfer to your web browser that allow us to identify your web browser and store information about your account.  We use these cookies to keep you logged in to Seesaw, customize your Seesaw experience, understand how you use Seesaw, and promote Seesaw to relevant teachers and schools.

You can choose to remove or disable cookies via your browser settings. Please be aware that Seesaw will not work properly if you disable or decline cookies.



Seesaw is designed for safe sharing. Teachers control who class journals are shared with by authorizing people who can access a student’s class content. Teachers may also choose to publish specific class content to a public class web page managed by Seesaw, or to third party services including Facebook and Twitter. Teachers control whether or not students can share Seesaw content with other services. Family members who have access to class content may also choose to share that content on third party services they use. 

Parents may request that teachers grant access to extended family members. It is important that everyone understands that those family members will also be able to see and share their child’s content with third-party services and with the public. Seesaw has no responsibility for any information an authorized account holder shares on a third-party website. The third-party website’s policies will apply to content shared there.



Seesaw will delete an account and all content associated with the account if the account has not been accessed for more than 7 years. Prior to deleting an abandoned account, Seesaw will notify the teacher or school associated with the account by email and provide an opportunity to download an archive copy of the class journal.



You have the right to access, correct, download for transport to a similar service, or delete any of your personal information collected by Seesaw.  If you are a parent or teacher, you can update the information associated with your Seesaw account directly by logging into your Seesaw account and viewing the Account Settings tab on your profile. If you are a parent and want to correct, edit, download, or update information about a student, please work directly with your teacher or school, or you can contact us at



If you would like to delete your Seesaw account or any content submitted to Seesaw, please send an email to  If you request that your account or any content submitted to Seesaw be deleted, Seesaw may still retain information for up to 60 days to provide customer support and prevent accidental deletion.

If you are a teacher or school administrator within the US, please be aware that FERPA requires us to retain student education records once a valid request to inspect those records has been made.



Seesaw takes protecting your security and privacy seriously and we've put a number of measures in place to protect the integrity of your information, including use of highly secure, access-controlled data centers, routine 3rd party security audits, data encryption in transit and encryption of Journal Content at rest.  For more information, please read this article.

In the event of a security breach, we will notify affected account holders within the amount of time required by law so that you can take steps to keep your data safe. 



The Seesaw Service is hosted and operated in the United States and is subject to United States law. Any personal information that you provide to Seesaw will be hosted on United States servers. By using this Service, you consent to the transfer to and processing of your personal information in the United States. 

Seesaw complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield.  Seesaw has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles with respect to such data. If there is any conflict between the policies in this privacy policy and data subject rights under the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit

With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, Seesaw is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

In certain situations, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

Seesaw’s accountability for personal data that it receives in the United States under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, Seesaw remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if third-party agents that it engages to process the personal data on its behalf do so in a manner inconsistent with the Principles, unless Seesaw proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Seesaw commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. European Union and Swiss individuals with Privacy Shield inquiries or complaints should first contact Seesaw by email at

Seesaw has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit for more information and to file a complaint. This service is provided free of charge to you.

If your Privacy Shield complaint cannot be resolved through the above channels, under certain conditions, you may invoke binding arbitration for some residual claims not resolved by other redress mechanisms.  See Privacy Shield Annex 1 at



Seesaw complies with California’s “Shine the Light” law. California residents can request a list of what personal information about them we’ve disclosed to third parties in the preceding calendar year, as well as the names and addresses of those third parties. You may make such a request only once per year, and you don’t have to pay for it. To make your request, send an email to or send a written request to Seesaw Learning, Inc., 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94104.



Seesaw may from time to time make changes to this Privacy Policy to account for changes to our practices or applicable law. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy that we believe will materially affect your rights, we will notify you by email about these changes and post a notice to our service. If you continue to use our service after you receive notice of changes to this Privacy Policy, you will accept these changes.



If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or feedback, please contact You can reach Seesaw by mail at:

Seesaw Learning, Inc.
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94104