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Dear Governor Cuomo and New York State Board of Regents:

As a parent with a child(ren) in the Briarcliff Manor public school district in Westchester County, I would like to join the growing ranks of parents concerned about the safe handling of my child(ren)’s school-related data.

We understand that technology touches all facets of our lives today and can be quite beneficial to the task at hand. However, we are also aware that with the use of technology comes the potential for abuse, which is why I am writing to you today. inBloom, the vendor chosen to act as repository for this school data, has admitted that it “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored… or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.” There is also the potential for inBloom or software vendors to mine our children’s school-related information for marketing purposes.

Given the sensitive nature of the data being disclosed – with socio-economic information, test scores, special education and disciplinary records, even teacher assessments of a child’s character in the mix – we believe that more work needs to be done to address the possible negative repercussions of our state’s data policy. Until these concerns about data security and data mining can be adequately addressed, we respectfully request that New York State reevaluate its commitment to inBloom as its data warehouse vendor. Of equal importance, as guardians of our children’s safety, we feel we should have the right to “opt out” of sharing our children’s private information if we so choose. We therefore ask that you include an “opt out” clause into the data collection process.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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