HEDLINE: inBloom Ordered to Delete all New York State Student Data

The New York State Education Department has directed inBloom to delete all student data stored in the system after related legislation passed earlier this week.

This leaves inBloom with no known customer according to Politico Morning Education.

Key Takeaway

New York State lawmakers passed legislation that prohibits the Education Department from giving student information to entities that collect and store data for use in a data dashboard or portal like inBloom does.

“As required by statute, we will not store any student data with inBloom and we have directed inBloom to securely delete the non-identifiable data that has been stored,” says a statement from Dennis Tompkins, spokesman for Education Commissioner John King according to lohud.

inBloom, a non-profit with $100 million in funding from the Gates Foundation, aims to create a US-wide student database and wants to eventually become the main resource for states and school districts nationwide.

Since its official launch one year ago at SXSWedu, inBloom has come under heavy fire from educators, parents and privacy activists, leading to essentially all partners to leave the project. Though Massachusetts is still in contract negotiations it seems unlikely that it will come to a deal and Illinois also does not plan to further upload data to inBloom.

Further Reading

  • The return of ESRA — End of the line for inBloom? — Cracks in federal, state oversight of testing — Consensus on sexual violence regulation | Politico
  • State Education Department abandons inBloom data-sharing plan | lohud
  • Where inBloom Wilted | EdSurge

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  • andrew

    This is going to become a big issue in the near future I reckon. For educational institutions most certainly, but even more so for corporations. Sites will need maximum security to protect sensitive user data and that’s expensive -“how many fly by night startups can guarantee that?

    • Absolutely. I only hope that this won’t have a chilling effect on innovation in the data space. Privacy and security are of course important but so is the use of more data in education.