Sign the Petition to

New York State Senate and New York Assembly

We urge you to pass Senate Bill S4284 and Assembly Bill 06059 that would stop the New York Education Department from sharing detailed information of New York students with third parties without parental consent. 

Parental consent should be required prior to schools disclosing our children's private personal information. Please support Bills S4284 and A06059.

Signed,

Penni June

How this will help

The shared data will include children's personal information, including name, address, test scores, disciplinary and attendance records, race, ethnicity, disabilities, and other highly sensitive...

The shared data will include children's personal information, including name, address, test scores, disciplinary and attendance records, race, ethnicity, disabilities, and other highly sensitive information. You can review all of the categories by clicking here. Do you think your child's private information should be used without your consent? 

The newly introduced senate bill argues:

"It is critical that there be safeguards on the release of sensitive and personal information about students, and that parental or student consent should be part of any process of releasing personally identifiable student information to third parties." [1] 

The Senate bill lists as its justification the following:  "New York and several other states have recently agreed to share confidential student information with corporate entities related to the Gates Foundation and the News Corporation (owned by Rupert Murdoch). The shared data will include children's personal information, including name, address, test scores, disciplinary and attendance records, race, ethnicity, disabilities, and other highly sensitive information. The data will be used for a variety of purposes and will be made available to commercial vendors to help them develop and market their learning products. Neither parents nor students have any ability to opt out of having this sensitive personal data shared with corporate entities, one of which is a subsidiary of the News Corporation. It is critical that there be safeguards on the release of sensitive and personal information about students, and that parental or student consent should be part of any process of releasing personally identifiable student information to third parties. This legislation would establish procedures and standards that provide for consent and appropriate safeguards."

This legislation would establish procedures and standards that provide for consent and appropriate safeguards. 

Support the rights of parents to protect their children's personal information from being shared with private corporations via NYS Education Department.  Parental consent should be required prior to school's disclosing our children's private personal information.  

[1] http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S4284-2013

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