Our student privacy bill, A06059, now has 35 sponsors in the NYS Assembly, including the original sponsor, AM O'Donnell, and a companion bill, S04284, in the State Senate. Check the links to see if your legislators have signed on, and if not, please call your Assemblymember and your State Senator today.
Two more recent media clips:
Who is Stockpiling and Sharing Private Information About New York Students (Village Voice) in which the NY State Education spokesperson claims that parents “give up” the right to decide if they want highly confidential information about their child shared with corporations and for-profit vendors when they register him or her in a public school.
Privacy, big data and education: more about the inBloom databases (Hechinger) in which InBloom Inc. attempts to disclaim all responsibility, and argues no one should blame them if parents aren’t notified or asked for consent before they share their child’s private information with vendors, as they’re just following orders. (For some of the highly sensitive data elements that inBloom is offering cash rewards to for-profit companies to develop their products around, see our blog here.)
For inBloom's vision of the future, see the spooky video below, in which kids silently sit in huge classes, get their instruction through tablets while teachers check their disciplinary
ratings on dashboards. Then they go home and do homework through their TVs. See also the promo below that, with school officials including Ken Wagner of the NY State Education Dept., singing the praises of inBloom inc., saying its all about "letting kids know you care about them."
InBloom vision video from Intentional Futures on Vimeo.
Defining the need