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Data Security Fail: John White and LDOE up to their old irresponsible data tricks again

May 9, 2014

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  John White recently testified multiple times in front of the Louisiana House Education Committee that he has a firm commitment to student privacy and takes his responsibilities toward ensuring the department only collects data that is absolutely necessary and does so responsibly. He made the argument that without detail student level data, the Department […]

Louisiana’s Privacy Legislation and Testimony – Setting the Record Straight

March 25, 2014

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On March 19th the Louisiana House and Senate Education Committee’s both heard testimony at the same time on the same types of legislation. This legislation was about student privacy. Holding meetings on the same subject at the same time required folks to split up their resources. Since most of us do not have ready doppelgangers, […]

FERPA does not protect student privacy, and never did

December 26, 2013

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I’ve been debating for a few months on how to tackle this topic in a way that is both informative and engaging while providing firmly grounded sources that back up my analysis. I’ve finally decided that might be too ambitious, and certainly a lot to tackle in a single piece Rather than let anymore grass […]

Time to start covering the many data thieving operations in our state and around the nation. . .

October 7, 2013

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I’ve been promising for some time to cover some of the many secret and not-so-secret grants and data operations that will result in your data, and your children’s data being stolen and shared without your permission or knowledge. Now that it is clear the EPIC lawsuit against the US Department of Education has failed, the […]

Is Student Privacy Hopeless?

October 6, 2013

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(This will be a long one, and has some ranting folks, so buckle up.) Is student privacy hopeless? Sadly, this may be little more than a rhetorical question after the last week of horrible setbacks on the student privacy front. I’ve been gathering information and leads for months now, researching some, and holding onto others. I […]

How my original “Opt Out Letter” was converted to a “form”

June 23, 2013

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At the June 18th BESE meeting John White relayed that he did not recall seeing my opt-out letter and did not reply because it was something he characterized as a “form letter.”  Technically this was true.  Mine was the first letter to get sent, so it was not a form letter, however Tom Aswell at […]

Excellent Letter sent to BESE by one of my readers about data sharing and inBloom

June 23, 2013

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Dear BESE member, I am writing to voice my concern over the massive student data sharing scheme with InBloom and whomever else is on track to receive information on our students, and even teachers and parents. Please understand our concerns for this unprecedented and massive information sharing by companies and individuals who may or may not […]

Privacy Advocates Take Heed!

June 22, 2013

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Recently I (as well as a dozen or so student and parent activists) testified at the June 18th Louisiana BESE meeting about our concerns related to the inBloom data sharing and selling project Superintendent John White secretly entered into on behalf of all Louisiana citizens. Our spot came up 4 hours late, and without an […]

inBloom, Ed-Fi, Cloud Computing, China, Nazi-Germany and the new Eugenicists

June 17, 2013

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Believe it or not, these concepts and words are all related. inBloom and Ed-Fi are two vendors that use cloud computer to store massive quantities of student data (the Louisiana is currently doing business with.) The information these vendors plan on storing will be used to classify, sort and allocate children by their skills and early […]

. . .In the Name of the Children

May 4, 2013

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I’ve been getting regular reports on progress and events taking place in the local and national arena in relation to the illegal student data sharing situation. One of the things that have been revealed recently in other states is that the costs associated with this inBloom project could become astronomical both from a direct annual […]

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