p2pnet view Kids & Kartels:- “American Schools Selling your child’s personal information – Each child is a dollar!”
That’s the headline in a Spam Trap post from a little earlier today. It refers to a story in WOAI.com which states that under the US Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, public school districts “across the country are forced to give out your child’s personal information”.
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Here’s what most school districts consider public information when it comes to your child:
Date of birth
While you might think all of this is private, the government considers it public information. If someone wants it, all they have to do is ask for it. And they only pay a small amount of money to the district to reimburse them for making copies or labels.
We also found out school districts that provide this information to requestors aren’t allowed to ask what the information will be used for.
News 4 WOAI wanted to know who has requested children’s personal information from the N.E.I.S.D. in the last few years. There are army recruiters, local day cares, photography businesses, and even driving schools on the list provided to us. Then there are other requestors, individuals, not associated with any business.
“We can’t distinguish between the requests of a legitimate marketer that wants to give out some coupons to a restaurant,” Calderon pointed out. “We can’t distinguish between that and the request of a journalist or between a general member of the public who might have an ulterior motive.”
Mendi Litman told us she doesn’t remember ever giving the district permission to sell her child’s information. But Calderon said details about this law and what information is considered public can be found in their student-parent handbook.
To stop this from happening, “When you register your child for school next year, read the enrollment papers closely”, suggests WOAI.com, adding:
“One of them will ask you for permission to release this information. If you don’t want anything released – check ‘no’. But if you check ‘yes’ or don’t fill it out at all, expect that your child’s info will automatically be put on the list.”
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
WOAI.com – Selling your child’s personal information, May 7, 2010
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