Knowing someone's whereabouts is sensitive information. Here's how we deal with it:
- All communication with our server at
youhere.org is encrypted with https. This is the same technology that protects your
credit card when you buy something online.
- When your students first run the app, it'll ask for their
name. This is only stored on their phone, to tie the app to them. A
cryptographic signature, that looks something like this
also generated for them and stored on their phone.
- When a student enrolls in your class, their name is sent to our server so we can
compile an attendance roster for you. Your students' names are only viewable by you, when you look at your class roster. They
are never posted publicly. Enrolling in a class is the only time a student's name is sent from their phone. (If this is a problem, have students register the app using
- When a student checks in, their location and cryptographic signature are sent to
our server for comparison with your inclusion zone. (Their name is not sent.)
- If they are in the inclusion zone, their cryptographic signature is used to tag a 'yes' with their
name in your roster. If they are not in the inclusion zone, nothing is recorded.
- Their location is now destroyed (not stored) and the transaction is over.
- We don't ask for your students' email addresses.
- We store cookies when you use
youhere.org so we
know that you're properly logged in.
- That's it. Youhere (the app and site) were both written by a teacher for
teachers, to cut down on the hassle of taking attendance, and to encourage students to attend class.