When we founded Artsonia back in 2000, the internet was a wild frontier. People could post anything and everything about themselves, and it was extremely exciting as a founder of a business (as a reminder, this was 4 years BEFORE Facebook even started.) Schools and teachers were excited about new functionality and the idea of being “published” on the Internet was extremely thrilling for students.
Fast forward almost 20 years, and a lot has changed. Many of the technical hurdles of Internet access in schools and smart phones to post student artwork have made the process of creating and managing an online student art gallery much simpler. However, now that there are numerous choices of online services and apps for teachers to use within the classroom, schools and teachers are facing a new challenge: protecting student data and ensuring student interactions with technology are safe and compliant with laws and regulations.
At Artsonia, student privacy and security is of utmost importance to us. Since we provide our service to thousands of schools and receive millions of student artworks each year, protecting and maintaining the safety and security of our student data is critical.
Cheers, and welcome to our community!
- Jim and Eric (Co-Founders of Artsonia)
Here are the guiding principles that help us protect teacher, parent and student information:
Jill Nissen, Principal & Founder of Nissen Consulting, advises Artsonia on all privacy-related matters, helping Artsonia navigate the complex legal landscape of student privacy in the rapidly evolving privacy and education technology space, including providing guidance on online safety matters and acting as a liaison to consumer privacy and online safety organizations. Jill comes from an extensive background in consumer privacy and is an accomplished legal and strategic business executive with over 20 years of experience helping companies solve complex legal, business and policy matters. Working in Washington D.C. and in Silicon Valley she has helped shape important privacy and safety issues for Internet companies.
Jill also currently serves as a privacy advisor to ClassDojo and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum. Jill served as Acting Chief Privacy Officer at Gigya from 2012-2014 and was a Member of the Privacy & Safety Advisory Board which she established. Prior to establishing Nissen Consulting, Jill served on the management team at Ning, as V.P. and Chief Policy Officer where she established and led Ning's global policy, privacy, intellectual property and government relations function, developing company strategy, internal and external protocols and innovative best practices for child online safety, user-generated content and privacy. Jill also worked as a Senior Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where her practice focused on privacy, intellectual property, licensing and commercial transactions. Because of her expertise, Jill has been personally tapped by industry, NGO's and government to participate in various roundtables, government reviews and high-level policy groups, including, being appointed in 2009 as one of 30 experts to serve a 15-month term to the Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) established by Congress. Jill served on the Board of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) from 2008-2010 and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Artsonia is certified COPPA compliant by iKeepSafe, an FTC-approved COPPA Safe Harbor Organization. For information on how consumers can ask questions or file complaints related to COPPA, please email COPPAPrivacy@ikeepsafe.org.
Please see our Help Desk for answers to common questions on Privacy and how Artsonia works.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail at:
1350 Tri-State Pkwy Suite 106
Gurnee, IL 60031