The state of New York recently decided to begin participating in a program that keeps tabs on student data, and parents are peeved.
The New York Department of Education recently joined the Shared Learning Collaborative, which is a multi-state database that is intended to help personalize teaching methods for each student, according to a report from New York City radio station WCBS 880
. However, parents are concerned that the large amount of personal data kept in the database will pose a significant privacy problem for kids. So far, the state hasn't revealed what information will be entered into the database.
"From my perspective, I can’t dismiss the possibility that in some kind of benevolent manner, all these folks figure, 'OK, public school parents, they probably aren't that interested, and this is all going to benefit their children, so let's just do it,” civil rights attorney Norman Siegel told the news station. Eduard Goodman
, the chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly on his blog about the privacy challenges faced by people of all ages.
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