Target: New York State Education Department
Goal: Protect the privacy of children by requiring parental consent for the release of personal information to private corporations.
New York, along with several other states, has legalized the release confidential student information to corporate entities for commercial and marketing purposes. Children’s names, addresses, ethnicities, addresses, test scores, and disciplinary records will be shared with large corporations like the Gates Foundation and the News Corporation. Neither parents nor students can choose to opt out of these disclosures of highly sensitive personal data. Protect the privacy rights of children and parents in New York by opposing this invasive procedure.
The personal information will be made available to commercial vendors and marketing companies so that they can target students with educational products. Although some of these educational products may be beneficial to students, parents should be able to decide if they want their children’s information released. Safeguards must be established to ensure that the personal information of children is not abused by third parties. Identify theft, especially with children’s information, has become a major problem in our country, and measures like this one threaten to increase the risk of improper data usage.
Parents should have the right to object to the sharing of their children’s data with private corporations. Sign the below petition to urge the New York State Education Department to obtain parental consent prior to disclosing students’ personal information.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear New York State Education Department,
You must protect the personal information of children in your school system. Rather than blindly releasing sensitive details to third-party corporations, you must prevent the misuse of children’s personal data. While some of the corporate vendors’ products may benefit your students, you must establish a set of standards and procedures to safeguard the rights of children and parents.
I am urging you to support pending legislation that would give parents the choice to either disclose or withhold their children’s personal information for personal use. New York should serve as an example to the other states considering similar privacy violations. We need you to support parents’ rights and help avoid privacy violations of our nation’s youth.
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