Trust & Privacy Center

Trust is central to ensuring your success. GoGuardian is committed to protecting your student's data and your school's privacy.

GoGuardian is committed to ensuring the safety and privacy of your school and student data through the following principles.

Dedicated to student privacy

GoGuardian complies with FERPA and works with schools to provide the information they need upon request. We're a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, a K-12 school service provider pledge to be responsible stewards of student information.

  • GoGuardian abides by the Student Privacy Pledge and is certified by iKeepSafe as compliant in FERPA and California student privacy laws.
  • GoGuardian does not sell, trade, or rent Personal Student Information.*
  • GoGuardian does not use Personal Student Information beyond purposes laid out in schools' agreements.

School ownership of data

At GoGuardian, we firmly support the fact that school districts should and do own and control their students' "Personal Student Information". We take great efforts to collaborate with customers to provide them the ability to access, modify, and delete this data consistent with FERPA, COPPA, and all other applicable laws.

  • Schools utilize GoGuardian to help achieve compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
  • Schools own and control their Personal Student Information and can request deletion of Personal Student Information at any time.
  • Schools control their settings - such as where and when GoGuardian's services are active and which websites are on and off limits when using GoGuardian Admin.

Multi-pronged approach to security

GoGuardian uses a variety of technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect your data. For example, we use military-grade TLS encryption across our products and websites to protect personal information in transit, and we restrict access to Personal Student Information on a "need-to-know" basis.

  • GoGuardian maintains various administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect Personal Student Information, using advanced security technologies such as HTTPS across its products.
  • GoGuardian controls access to Personal Student Information but honors specific requests to access, modify, and delete the Personal Student Information made by parents/guardians, and eligible students (students over eighteen-years-old) in accordance with applicable law
  • GoGuardian Implements additional policies, procedures, requirements, and training for employees who need to access Personal Student Information to perform their job functions.
*Personal Student Information means information collected through the use of our Products for K-12 school purposes by a school or school district that may, alone or in combination with other available information, be reasonably used to identify a current or former student enrolled in a K-12 school or K-12 school district.

See the letter from our CEO on data and privacy

Commonly asked questions

We want you to feel comfortable with how we treat you. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most:

Parents & Guardians,

We understand how much you, as a school leader, value access to educational technologies that better teach students and empower educators in this digital century. At the same time, we know that you care about student privacy while using these technologies. We take student privacy and data security seriously, with industry safeguards and privacy policies that put you in control of your school's data. Here's some information about our privacy practices, answers to questions you may have, and other privacy resources below. Please feel free to reach out to us directly for further information.

Does GoGuardian own student data?

No. Schools own their Personal Student Information. We provide powerful, easy-to-use content filtering and classroom management tools to help keep students safe online.

Does GoGuardian sell Personal Student Information or advertise using Personal Student Information?

No. GoGuardian does not sell Personal Student Information, nor do we use Personal Student Information to target advertisements or target marketing to students or anyone else. Also, we will not use this information for any purposes prohibited by the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99.3) ("FERPA"), California Business & Professions Code section 22584 ("SOPIPA"), and the California Education Code section 49073.1.

How does GoGuardian help schools communicate about GoGuardian to parents/guardians and students?

The privacy of our schools and students matters deeply to us. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible about all of our data privacy practices, especially when it comes to specifying the information that we collect, share, use, and release, and how we’re keeping your data safe. We take our duty to protect your information to heart, so please review our Product Privacy Policy and remember that we are always here to answer your questions.

In addition, we understand transparency is of equal importance to schools, as they each know their students, teachers, and parent community best. Because of this, we have taken steps to help you communicate about GoGuardian to parents and students. For example, GoGuardian’s Parent Communication Center provides template letters for your school to use to help inform parents. GoGuardian also recommends that each school send home: (1) the GoGuardian COPPA Notice & Consent Form (even if your school only serves students over thirteen years of age); and (2) your school’s acceptable technology use agreement signed by students and their parents/guardians that explains your school’s filtering and monitoring policies as well as how students should be using their school accounts and devices. 

GoGuardian's shield logo also appears as an icon near the top of the Chrome browser to the right of the URL bar (where you see the web address in Chrome). GoGuardian uses its logo to provide transparency to students—a reminder that they are logged into their school’s account, subject to their school’s acceptable technology use agreement.

What steps does GoGuardian take to protect student information?

We are fully committed to the security and privacy of student data and protecting you and your school from attempts to compromise it. We utilize stringent technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect all personal information, including specific training of our personnel, to protect this data. These safeguards vary depending on the sensitivity of the information at issue.

How can I choose the best privacy settings for my school and the school community?

When GoGuardian is active, it allows for multiple privacy settings options such as on Chromebooks only, school campus only, and/or during school time only. We recommend soliciting advice from your school community, such as board members, peers, teachers, students, parents, and others, about how best to implement educational technology software such as GoGuardian.

Has GoGuardian signed the Student Privacy Pledge?

Yes. GoGuardian has signed and abides by the Student Privacy Pledge. We pledge to carry out responsible stewardship and appropriate use of student personal information and in adherence to all laws applicable to us as school service providers.

To parents and educators,

At GoGuardian, it is our mission to help schools, educators, and students everywhere benefit from safer digital learning. We also want school communities to feel confident while utilizing these products that we care about the privacy and protection of their information.

What does data privacy mean to us exactly? To start, it means that we take great pride in keeping your school's and students' personal information safe and private. We constantly evaluate and improve upon our own privacy practices and standards by challenging ourselves and every person who works at GoGuardian to think closely about student privacy.

Data privacy also means that we work closely with schools to understand their needs and concerns. We know that it is essential to have meaningful conversations with schools, which is why GoGuardian's leadership regularly engages in feedback sessions directly with our school customers. We listen carefully to the ideas and critiques of every administrator, teacher, or school leader of GoGuardian. We also listen intently to the opinions of privacy leaders and parents. That feedback is critical to maintaining a strong relationship with you and our school communities.

We are here as a partner to you and your school community in helping students learn in the digital age. We welcome opportunities to connect directly with you.

Advait Shinde

CEO & Co-Founder

Dedicated to protecting your privacy.

Our Privacy Team is constantly monitoring state and federal laws to ensure our policies meet, and often exceed, legal requirements. If you have any specific questions, we're happy to answer them for you.