Acadly has been reviewed by UIC for compliance with data privacy laws such as FERPA and GDPR. Moreover, the team has put in
efforts to get a deeper understanding of how the attendance automation technology works and if it is likely to pose any risks from
a security and privacy viewpoint. Some of the key aspects to note are as follows:
- Acadly does not
collect any personally identifiable information except users' names and email addresses
- Acadly does not use
GPS to capture attendance. Although the Acadly Android app asks for "location permissions", this is done in order to get
access to Bluetooth and WiFi data and not GPS data. The apps do not track physical location at any time for any reason.
- Data centers used to
store data are geographically inside the US
- The app does not
include any kind of advertising
Identifiable Information is not used for commercial purposes such as targeting ads at users, or selling data to third
- The Acadly platform
does not earn revenue through any other means except charging university customers / user institutions for the software
itself. In other words, the company does not have a business model such as sharing student data with possible recruiters.
- The app already hosts
data for close to 12,000 UIC students (as of Dec 2021) and no security or privacy incidents have been reported to
the administration since 2018 (when the app was first used in UIC).
We encourage professors to reach out to the UIC administration or to the Acadly team in case they have any specific questions.