Q. What do I need to know about Privacy when using Padlet?


From the University Data Protection Officer: 

  • ‘Public’ should never be used (set your Padlets to Secret - they can still be accessed by whoever you share the link with, such as your students via NILE)
  • Posts should avoid the sharing of personally identifiable information
  • There is no need to ask students to sign up for a padlet account, as students can read/contribute to Padlets without needing to have an account
  • If staff or students use Padlet they should log in through their MICROSOFT account to uon1.padlet.org, and know that they are accepting the terms and conditions of Padlet

Further infiormation

Please click on the Links below.

The user (staff or student) can check their privacy: https://privacy.padlet.com 
and take control in the ‘Padlet Privacy Center’:  https://privacy.padlet.com/control

For 'GDPR - Considerations for Tutors', please visit: https://blogs.northampton.ac.uk/learntech/2019/03/19/gdpr-tutors/


Privacy & Terms These details are taken from Padlet's privacy policy Click here for full details.

Padlet provides the ability to log in to the Service with your Microsoft account. by connecting in this method, you grant them access to your email address, and, if available, your name, photo, and username associated with them. They do not receive your password. 

Public padlets give Padlet, the right to view, share, and promote the content on them. Any content you post on a public padlet is also indexable by search engines and, as such, is open to the public. 

When you collaborate with other people, they can see your profile photo, name, and username. Padlet does not sell or rent your personal information to any third-party for any purpose.

Padlet is an external tool, and is not covered by the licensing of any existing NILE tool. Therefore to use the service all tutors must agree to their terms of use. 

See here for Padlet Terms of service


Padlet confirm that it is GDPR compliant

From Nitesh Gohil, CEO and Data Office of Padlet  "re. US-EU Privacy Shield - we have applied for the certification and waiting for approval" 29/10/18.


  • Last Updated Apr 03, 2019
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  • Answered By Belinda Green

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