Advocates, Assemblyman Blasting Student Database
STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.March 15, 2013
New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell (D-69th district) has introduced a bill to prevent schools from sharing student data with private companies without parental consent or the ability to opt out, reports New York Daily News. The bill is in response to a new national database with which New York education officials have already shared student data. The database is intended to help educational companies create teaching tools for students, and the state’s education department says no data will ever be sold, but civil liberties and education advocates are not satisfied. “The fact that this plan is being carried out without even telling parents reflects the state’s and city’s carelessness with children’s lives,” said one education activist.