Parents Mobilize To Curb Data Mining Of Children


Politico (6/8, Simon) reports in an article of more than 3,000 words that parents “from across the political spectrum have mobilized into an unexpected political force in recent months to fight the data mining of their children,” and have “catapulted student privacy – an issue that was barely on anyone’s radar last spring – to prominence in statehouses from New York to Florida to Wyoming.” A Politico review of student privacy issues found “the parent privacy lobby gaining momentum – and catching big-data advocates off guard.” The movement, initially dismissed “as a fringe campaign,” has “attracted powerful allies on both the left and right,” including the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Legislative Exchange Council. The movement is targeting “huge state databases being built to track children for more than two decades, from as early as infancy through the start of their careers.” These databases are being promoted by the Obama Administration, Politico notes.