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Proposed student database raises privacy concerns

Proposed student database raises privacy concerns

A plan by the state education department to transfer student information into a statewide database operated by a private company is drawing concerns from parents, teachers and state lawmakers.

Among those concerns are whether the Atlanta-based company inBloom has adequate enough security measures to protect student privacy.

Local Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton was one of nearly 50 Assembly democrats to sign a letter addressed to state education commissioner John King asking the department to hold off.

“Every other state that was considering dealing with inBloom has pulled out,” Lifton said. “You have to wonder what’s going on.”

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver said in the letter that until they can be confident that the information can remain protected, the plan to share student data with inBloom must be put on hold.

A state education department spokesman said last week that the department is confident in inBloom’s security protections, but will review the concerns.

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