Some Lawmakers Unmoved By inBloom Testimony

Student data company inBloom finally spoke its piece on the record last week after months of uproar from parents and lawmakers about the upload of sensitive student data to the company’s servers for use on the EngageNY portal.

At an Assembly Education Committee hearing Friday in Manhattan inBloom board member Peggy Brookins tried to ease lawmakers concerns over potential security breaches.

Capital New York reports that she said:

“With inBloom, each state or district has its own independent, secure, safe deposit box, and the customer controls what is in the box, and who gets the key to the box.”

Some lawmakers seemed unmoved, with a trio reportedly arguing that while inBloom might be secure, student data could be vulnerable at other stages.

Last month, City & State reported on the pushback from lawmakers and parents regarding inBloom and how exactly the company secures student data.