A dozen parents in New York City have sued to stop the State Education Department from releasing confidential information about their children to data storage companies, such as the Gates-Murdoch group called inBloom.

One of the parents explained:

Karen Sprowal, a petitioner whose son is in fifth grade in a New York City public school, said in a statement that she’s been “unable to rest easy” since learning about the state’s plans to share information with inBloom.

She’s worried that information about her son, who has special needs, might get into the wrong hands and hinder his ability to get into college or succeed in a job in the future.

“Up to now, his confidential records have been protected by his principal, the school’s nurse and psychologist, but now the state intends to provide this highly private information to vendors, without consulting me or asking for my permission,” she said. “Commissioner King has shown a dismissive attitude towards the concerns of parents and indifference to the dangers facing my son and more than three million other children enrolled in the state’s public schools.”

Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters,an advocacy group who has spearheaded the opposition to the state’s sharing of students data, urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call on King to “halt … this unethical and dangerous plan.”

Cuomo’s office did not immediately offer a comment. The governor does not have direct authority over the Education Department, which is controlled by the Board of Regents.

“Commissioner King has ignored the protests of thousands of parents who have urged him to drop this plan and begged him to protect their children’s highly sensitive information,” Haimson said. “They have been joined by a growing chorus of school board members and superintendents throughout the state who say that his data-sharing plan is not only unnecessary, it poses huge and unprecedented risks.”