New York State Begins Massive Surveillance Program of Students Aged 5 and Over

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ANCHOR: “Now New York state authorities is planning to step of surveillance, this time on school kids. The program, which is to be launched statewide, is supposed to gather information on students starting from the age of five. And as RT’s Marina Portnaya reports, the move is finding little support among parents.

PORTNAYA: “A new data gathering program in New York state shows that not even America’s youngest citizens can be spared from having their personal information collected and stored. The Department of Education is creating a statewide database that will include the names, addresses, test scores, learning disabilities, attendance, and disciplinary records of every single public school student. The data collection begins at the age of five, and a private company called inBloom, has been contracted to store and protect the records of 3.6 million students. Education officials say the program can help companies to produce teaching material to student needs. However, parents are not buying it. More than 4,000 have signed a position rejecting the inBloom program, including Karen Sprowal, who spoke with RT about her concerns for her 10-year-old son and millions of others.”

SPROWAL: “The New York state department did not notify parents, they did not give — ask for consent. We kind of just stumbled upon it and discovered it. It just seems like parents were taken out of the equation completely in terms of protecting their children’s privacy. We were not aware that New York state made a deal with Bill Gates’ inBloom, non-profit organization, to upload all of our children’s data — this includes the parents’ data as well — for the purpose of personalized learning. For me, this is particularly alarming because my child has special needs and his school records are essentially his medical records. Whereas in any other instance, releases would have to be signed for any of that information to be released to a third party. You don’t even know who would have access to your child’s records. If there’s breeches you wouldn’t even know because it’s so massive and the extent to the information being uploaded is so huge that it would be available to many different third-party vendors and entities that we have no idea who they are and what information would be released to them. It’s horrifying to me as a parent.”

PORTNAYA: “New York officials say the inBloom Student Data Program will begin in April. In the mean time, thousands of parents say they are prepared to fight the state tooth and nail in order to protect their children’s privacy. Reporting from New York, Marina Portnaya, RT.”


 

New York delays InBloom student database launch until next school year (lohud.com)

ALBANY — A statewide database of identifiable student information has been delayed to the start of the next school  year, according to the state Education Department.

New York had pledged by January to share data on its students — including names and addresses — with inBloom, a non-profit funded by the Gates Foundation. But the release of the information  to inBloom was later delayed to April at the earliest amid concerns from parents and lawmakers.

Now the database, known as EngageNY, isn’t expected to be fully up and running until September, with the remaining data on 2.5 million students sent to inBloom two months prior to its launch, according to an Education Department spokesman.

6 Comments

  1. Pro

    Feb 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

    That’s just great, BILL GATES a man who is actively involved in population control…managing data for 5 year olds! SYCOPHANT

    • mfdoom

      Feb 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      huh?

  2. leslie green

    Feb 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Disgusting…demand that this is withdrawn immediately.

  3. leslie green

    Feb 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Disgusting…demand that this is withdrawn immediately.

  4. AZDancer

    Feb 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

    It’s not just New York. I read an article this weekend that it is happening in other states, all using inBloom! Bill Gates does NOT need our children’s information. He’s on the progressive side of the country and is not on the side of the constitution and our protected rights.
    However this says – public schooled children – time to home school!
    Connect some dots here folks. Common core permits schools to collect the data on your child and how they are doing in school. If they fail to progress in school Obamacare permits the government to make a home visit. Yes, if they feel there is a concern about your child’s progress in education then the government can step in with a home visit. Once inside your home they can find anything – and then they could make a report to the child welfare/protect agency and BAM! The family could be in jeopardy of losing the child to the government. Follow the CPS issue with the family fighting for custody of their daughter over a medical issue in the hospital.
    Some will claim this is far fetched but start putting things together before it is too late. NO SCHOOL, and especially Bill Gates, needs that kind of information on our children! School were successful before we had all this technology.

  5. Torrie Robinson

    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The kid that was dancing behind her was funny