Privacy Concerns With Inbloom Service In Ny

12.16.13 | Bob Price

New York parents, educators and administrators are voicing concern about a statewide database used to store students’ personal information. New York has signed up with Atlanta-based inBloom to create a system that stores student information on servers which can be accessed through the Internet. It's seen as a tool to track student progress. But many in New York fear the database infringes on privacy. About three dozen of the state's 695 districts say they won't use the portal, and have therefore forfeited their share of more than $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding.  Many fear the information stored in the database could hurt students when they apply for college or work. inBloom was founded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and New York is the only state in the country that is fully involved.