Cloud-based data storage won’t be safe for Jeffco students
The July 23 edition of the Courier featured a full-page article on Tonya Aultman-Bettridge, who is running against Julie Williams for a seat on the Jeffco school board in November. In the article, Aultman-Bettridge indicates her support for the school district’s implementation of InBloom, the “cloud”-based data storage system that will endanger the privacy and safety of all Jeffco schoolchildren, sharing detailed information such as name, age, address, phone number, health and disciplinary records in a convenient one-stop location for a savvy hacker to access and sell.
Aultman-Bettridge stated that “Jeffco already collects data and stores it in many databases”; however, in a recent survey of technology professionals, 86 percent said that they did not trust cloud-based systems to hold their more sensitive data. Further, here is no “opt-out” option for Jeffco students or their parents.
In addition, the Jeffco Board of Education voted in June 2013 to spend $2 million of your tax dollars with Loud Cloud to develop a dashboard for the system that will house all of the students’ data. Does anyone truly believe that this $2 million couldn’t be spent more effectively on hiring additional teachers or teacher’s aides?
If you are as concerned as I am, the Jeffco school board will host a meeting on Thursday Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. about InBloom and its implications.