Newsday: Gov. Cuomo urges caution in handling of student data

By | December 22, 2013

In an article posted by Sarah Armaghan of Newsday, Cuomo says to urge caution in the handling of student data, but seems just fine doing it anyway.

Published: December 20, 2013 7:16 PM – NEWSDAY
By SARAH ARMAGHAN  sarah.armaghan@newsday.com

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expressed concern Friday over potential privacy issues with the high-tech data collection of New York’s schoolchildren but said he will not join Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and 40 other Democrats in their campaign to suspend the project.

On Thursday, Silver (D-Manhattan) sent a letter to state education Commissioner John B. King Jr., citing “serious concerns about the potential flaws” in sharing data with the Atlanta-based corporation inBloom. The company would use “cloud” server technology to store academic and disciplinary records for about 2.3 million students.

Cuomo shared his views on the issue Friday while touring the Island Harvest food distribution center in Hauppauge — where New Yorkers donated more than 400 coats and 200 toys for needy residents in Bay Shore and Brentwood for the holidays.

He said he is waiting to see King’s response before acting.

Still, Cuomo said he believes the data collection is “necessary” and wants to see the education department “take all precautions.”

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