Autodesk takes the privacy and security of the personal information of our users very seriously. We are continuingly reviewing our practices to stay up to date with the latest in technology and regulatory requirements. That includes protecting our youngest Tinkercad users. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about student privacy and Tinkercad.
- How does Tinkercad collect information from children when they sign up for an account?
- Who has access to a Tinkercad user’s personal information?
- Does Autodesk advertise to children or sell children’s data?
- How can a student’s data be deleted?
- Can Tinkercad be used in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
- Can Tinkercad be used in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA)?
- Can Tinkercad be used in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?
- Can Tinkercad be used in compliance with other privacy laws?
- Where can I read more about the privacy protections that Autodesk has in place for Tinkercad?
- My educational institution needs Autodesk to enter into a written student privacy agreement. Does Autodesk do this?
During the Tinkercad sign-up process, we require the user to provide a country and date of birth. This information is used only to create a user status based on age and local regulations. If the age of the student is less than 13, they are prompted to provide limited information. Specifically, they need to create a username, password, and provide a parent email address. After completion of this process, students under 13 are granted a temporary, restricted account, good for 14 days. For the account to become unrestricted, parent or teacher authorization is required.
For more information on how Autodesk collects and uses children’s personal data, as well as how and when we communicate with parents, please see our Children’s Privacy Statement.
After a child account is authorized by a moderator, the account will become associated with the moderator’s account and the moderator will have viewing and editing privileges. Moderators can request access to and delete the child’s personal data by logging into the moderator account.
Child accounts can have multiple moderators with viewing and editing privileges. In other words, a student account can have both a parent and educator moderator. Authorization must occur by one of the following method.
Parent authorization: Once a child signs up, parents will automatically receive an email corresponding with the email address provided during sign up of the child account. They will be provided two methods to verify their parental consent via submission of a signed consent form or through a nominal Paypal payment. For additional details on this verification process, please see our help article.
Teacher authorization: Teachers can select to authorize a student to use Tinkercad by providing them with a teacher invitation code which they input either on the home screen or under their profile. For additional information about how to create or enter the teacher invitation code, please see our help article.
More information on moderator choices and controls can be found in Autodesk’s Children’s Privacy Statement.
No. Autodesk and its third-party providers do not use children’s personal data for advertising purposes, to create a profile about a child and tie it to an application, sell children’s personal information, or use a child’s personal data for any other unauthorized purpose. A list of third parties that process children’s personal data in connection with providing the Tinkercad service is located here. (https://ibles-content.tinkercad.com/static/tinkercad/privacy/2021-07-20%20Tinkercad%20vendor%20list_DPA.pdf)
Please see Autodesk’s Children’s Privacy Statement for more information.
A moderator (parent and/or teacher, as applicable) may access, edit, and delete a student’s personal data through Tinkercad’s online moderation tool. A student with an Autodesk account may submit an access, edit, or deletion request through the account portal at accounts.autodesk.com.
Yes. Autodesk is committed to maintaining privacy and data protection policies in line with GDPR, including in the following areas: transparency, vendor management, individual rights, consents and permissions, security, and privacy by design.
For more information on policies specific to Tinkercad, please review Autodesk’s Children’s Privacy Statement. Each educational institution or school district that uses Tinkercad is responsible for maintaining its own data privacy and security policies in compliance with GDPR and all other applicable laws and regulations.
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Yes. Autodesk commits to protect and secure student data in the manner that FERPA requires and, also, agrees to act as a “school official” to the extent our services are used to store regulated student records in accordance with 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §99.31(a)(1).
Yes. Autodesk operates Tinkercad consistent with the requirements of the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), AB 1584, among other applicable laws.
Our Children’s Privacy Statement sets the standard for how we treat children’s personal data and is in accordance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Yes. You can download the US version of the Tinkercad Student Data Privacy Agreement here. The non-US version of the Tinkercad Student Data Privacy Agreement is here. This agreement reaffirms Autodesk’s serious commitment to protecting student information consistent with the requirements of applicable laws. Please review, sign, and return the agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org. As a large company with many customers, Autodesk is not able to enter into different versions of this agreement with individual institutions or groups of institutions for administrative and tracking reasons.
If your school district or organization requires additional information, please submit email us at email@example.com.