TOWN HALL MEETING ON STUDENT PRIVACY

TOWN HALL MEETING ON STUDENT PRIVACY

About 150 people showed up, including  two Regents (Regent Kathleen Cashin of Brooklyn and Regent Betty Rosa of the Bronx),  and two representatives from the State Education Department (Dennis Tompkins, Chief of External Affairs and Nicolas Storelli-Castro, Director of Governmental Relations), who listened to the presentations and the passionate objections of parents. Adina Lopatin, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of NYC DOE spoke and answered questions.   I also gave a presentation about inBloom  and DOE provided a  FAQ here. Unfortunately,  inBloom and the Gates Foundation refused invitations from our co-sponsor Assemblymember O’Donnell. (Check the links for their responses.) 

Some of the disturbing revelations from Adina:  The city and state have already shared confidential student data with inBloom.  They don’t know how much they will have to pay for inBloom’s “services” starting in 2015.  If there is a data breach from inBloom (as many people believe is nearly inevitable) the state will be legally and financially liable, since the Gates Foundation has insulated itself and inBloom from responsibility.  

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