Parents beware! New York State is planning to share your child’s confidential information with private corporations
New York State has agreed to share confidential student and teacher data with a Gates-funded corporation called inBloom Inc.
- This confidential data will include your child’s personally identifiable information, including name, address, grades, test scores, detailed disciplinary and health records, race, ethnicity, economic status, disabilities and other highly sensitive information.
- This information is to be collected into an electronic “data store” with an operating system built by Wireless Generation, a subsidiary of News Corporation. News Corp is owned by Rupert Murdoch and has been found to have illegally violated privacy in Great Britain and in the US.
- The “data store” will be placed on a vulnerable data cloud managed by Amazon.com. inBloom Inc. has already stated that it “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored…or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.”
- inBloom Inc. intends to make all this highly confidential data available to commercial vendors to help them develop and market their “learning products.”
All this is happening without parental knowledge or consent, and the NYS Commissioner King has refused to allow parents to opt out.
Please ask your Assemblymember and State Senator to sign onto the Student Privacy bill, A06059 and S04284, to block this violation of parental rights.
Call your elected representative now! You can find them at www.nysenate.gov and assembly.state.ny.us
You can also reach them through the Senate switchboard at 518-455-2800 and Assembly switchboard at 518-455-4100.
Please also contact NYS Assembly Speaker Silver at 518-455-3791 or 212-312-1420; and Senate Majority Leaders Dean Skelos at 518-455-3171 and Jeff Klein at 518-455-3595. Urge them to support A06059 and S04284 NOW!