re: Education Data: Privacy Backlash Begins
Update just received from inBloom PR:
IG«÷m reaching out about your story this morning about inBloom and the backlash from certain privacy activists (Education Data: Privacy Backlash Begins). My colleague Robyn shared some context about how this story came about and why you didnG«÷t contact inBloom for comment, so I understand the background already. I just wanted to share an update on an important point. inBloom this week updated its policy around social security numbers as follows:
inBloom does not and will not accept social security numbers (SSNs) as unique student identifiers. No SSNs are currently in the data store. In the past, our policy has been to prohibit the use of SSNs as unique identifier unless the state or district applied for a waiver to that policy. No such waivers were ever issued, and going forward inBloom will prohibit the use of SSNs under any circumstances and will not offer waivers.