Category Archives: Security of private data

0323_March 28, 2018_Facebook is deeply enmeshed in education data mining and it’s probably affecting your children_ McGroarty_ J Robbins

Donna Jack
April 10, 2018

Facebook is not the friend of its users.  Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins have another well-researched, documented, eye-opening article.

Quotes from article below:

many schools and districts routinely use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, but the social-media site may be embedded as a key component of personalized learning (actually depersonalized learning, as it marginalizes teachers in favor of training students by machine).

“Perhaps parents will now stop trusting and start demanding answers about the online platforms – not just Facebook — their children are forced to use at school. What data is being collected, who has access to it, and what are they doing with it?

“If the answers aren’t satisfactory, parents should demand that their children be taught without the technology that creates such massive threats to privacy. Perhaps a teacher and a book?


From: Donna Garner <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:59 AM

3.28.18 – Daily Caller

 “Facebook Is Deeply Enmeshed In Education Data Mining
And It’s Probably Affecting YOUR Children”

Director, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project

Revelations about the machinations of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have illuminated the gaping holes in so-called “data security” at Facebook. The personal information of approximately 50 million people was given to (apparently not stolen by) Cambridge, a political profiling firm that used the data to create highly detailed voter profiles for the 2016 Trump campaign. The fact that the Obama campaign did essentially the same thing in 2012 hasn’t muted the outrage. Continue reading

0299_Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce_ YouTube of the session_ transcript of her opening statement_ Jan. 30, 2018

Donna Jack
February 1, 2018

Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  She shared her concern about the out-of-control sharing of the personal information of individual students.

You can watch her give her opening statement at:  [39:04 / 2:21:55] in the video: 

And you can read the transcript of her opening testimony later in this blog piece.   

Hearing on Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: 

Some of the locations on the video, where Jane Robbins speaks:

 Answer57:07 / 2:21:55;
Question: 1:06:39 / 2:21:55 – Answer by Jane:  1:07:42 / 2:21:55 (use aggregate data, and consent for personal data —  stop funding things that don’t work);
Question to Jane: 1:17:29 / 2:21:55; Answer: put parents back in charge of their children’s education — government not choose their education track;
Question to Jane: 1:19:45 / 2:21:55; Answer:1:21:11 / 2:21:55 education research over past years has been designed to reach a predetermined conclusion — needs to be unbiased — need more open broad-based research (even some that is out of favor)
Question: 1:28:07 / 2:21:55


From: Donna Garner []
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:13 PM
To: Donna Garner <>

1.30.18 – Truth in American Education

 [Please go to the following website to see the videos, transcripts, and embedded links in this TAE article. – Donna Garner] Continue reading

0290_January 12, 2018_ Blockchain Technology and Education_ by Jane Robbins_ Truth in American Education — Parents who care should take note

Donna Jack
January 12, 2018

Parents need to begin to pay attention to what is going on within the schools of this nation — and seriously ask if it is safe to keep their children within the federal system.

It is dangerous to blindly fall for catchy phrases connected with learning.  If a parent cares about their child and their future, the parent should dig into the meanings and implications connected with:  digital learning; personal data collection connected to their child or children; easy ways to get college credit; individualized education – and a host of other current educational terms, theories and practices.  Don’t be intimidated by the fancy language — and find out what is really happening in school.

Learn about “Blockchain Technology in Education.”  An excerpt from article below:  “In education, blockchain would enable all student records from any source to be uploaded into the system and shared with authorized users as part of a life-long dossier, or ‘digital transcript.'”


 From: Donna Garner []
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 5:10 PM
To: Donna Garner <>

1.12.18 – Truth in American Education

 “Blockchain Technology and Education” — by jane robbins

Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education (SGE) recently announced development of a system to apply blockchain technology to education. Parents who are concerned about the increasing digitalization of their children’s education, about security of their private data, and about the future of education in general should take note. Continue reading