As I hope many of us are aware by now, inBloom Inc. will be collecting confidential and personally identifiable student and teacher data from school districts throughout our country. Information that includes 400 points of data such as student names, addresses, grades, test scores, special education status, disciplinary status etc... I do understand that our district already collects student information and I'm not necessarily against a data sharing platform. My issue lies with the additional types of data to be collected and the storing of that information. It's a gross invasion of personal privacy and it's just simply not secure.
The information collected is to be stored on a data cloud run by Amazon.com, with an operating system by Wireless/Amplify, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. That's enough for me right there! Murdoch's companies have quite a scandalous history regarding data hacking and I find it extremely concerning that NYS thinks it is safe and acceptable to utilize this company. Murdoch gains a financial reward for his participation....
The information below is taken from inBloom's OWN website:
This is from section IV. E. Breach Remediation
If the information is so secure, why are they even discussing this?
inBloom, Inc and inBloom, Inc Contractors strive to keep inBloom and PII secure, and inBloom, Inc uses reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to do so, however, inBloom, Inc cannot guarantee the security of the information stored in inBloom or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted. inBloom, Inc and inBloom, Inc Contractors will maintain and update incident response plans that establish procedures to follow in case a breach occurs. inBloom, Inc and inBloom, Inc Contractors will also identify individuals within their respective organizations responsible for implementing incident response plans if a breach should occur.
Here are two articles about information breach. And with Rupert Murdoch's track record, I have no faith in him or his companies either. I am scared for our children's privacy and for the way that FERPA laws were quietly amended in recent years to allow this to happen. We need control of our student's personally identifiable information.