"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Try Illuminate Education and Make Your Student Data Accessible to Hackers

On its website, Illuminate Education states that "we deploy meaningful safeguards to protect student data." Furthermore, Illuminate pledges "our unwavering commitment to student data privacy."

Despite all the assurances, hackers just ripped off the personal data of 820,000 New York City students. From NBC New York: 

In what may be the largest breach of student data in U.S. history, personal information for roughly 820,000 current and former New York City public school students has been compromised, NBC New York has confirmed.

According to the city's Department of Education, the breach occurred in January when an online grading system and attendance system used by many public schools was hacked.

Education officials blasted Illuminate Education, the California-based company behind the system, claiming it fudged its cybersecurity protocols.

The company has not disclosed what, if anything, had been done with the data. The Department of Education is asking the NYPD, FBI and state attorney general's office to investigate the hack.

But, you know those grade cards and paper in-house attendance reports were so old school. You know, like secure. 

1 comment:

  1. HMMM...it's almost April and it's just getting handled? How many of these kids will have ruined credit and major debt before they even have a driver's license? Most of the PPI in these data bases can be identified very easily now that FERPA and COPPA have been rewritten to allow tech companies access to information/data that they have no right to have. Public schools need to keep Silicon Valley/Big Tech out of schools and away from children.