Monday, April 21, 2014


Folks, it's over:
After months caught in the crosshairs of parents, advocates, and educators concerned about student-data privacy, controversial nonprofit inBloom announced Monday that it will close its doors.
As per usual with this crowd, their press release blamed parents and teachers and missed the point:
 It is a shame that the progress of this important innovation has been stalled because of generalized public concerns about data misuse, even though inBloom has world-class security and privacy protections that have raised the bar for school districts and the industry as a whole.
No, no, you haven't. What you have done is raise awareness of how much money there is to be made in data controlled by school districts and how aware parents, teachers, and data privacy mavens need to be of the ridiculous ends to which some will go to get it.

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