Jeffrey Piccola reports:
…. The potential for identity theft, discrimination and other misuse in the wake of one lost laptop or one unwitting employee error is mind-boggling. It also is why the Senate Education Committee and leaders in the higher education community have called upon the state Department of Education to suspend its latest student data collection program.
Known as PIMS (Pennsylvania Information Management System), the collection is designed to track students from “womb to workplace.” The Department of Education envisions data collection three to five times a year, to include personally identifiable student information such as name, address, birth date, family income, race, gender, disability status, courses taken, counseling received and grades earned.
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