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posted by on Saturday January 28 2017, @10:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the can-you-say-the-Man? dept.

This is a slightly older article that just came to my attention today, though the data systems it describes are currently being built out and used. It seems to be quite a well researched article, with a ton of links to sources.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/12/the-astonishing-amount-of-data-being-collected-about-your-children/

Basically, it's talks about sensitive data entered into a new breed of student information systems, with very few legal protections around that data. These systems collect data with a common schema. The common schema would seem to allow for large-scale analysis of the data later on. You can get more information on the schema and potential data collected by the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) here: https://ceds.ed.gov/

If you send your children to a public school, under current federal law you have no way of opting out of the P20 profile that has been created by your state and potentially shared with others. You also have no right to refuse to have your child's data disclosed to testing companies and other corporations in the name of evaluation and research.

I'm not done digging into this, but it seems important for those of that are concerned about massive amounts of data collection and in this case, what it means for our children who are literally being tracked and data-mined from birth.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Geezer on Saturday January 28 2017, @04:38PM

    by Geezer (511) on Saturday January 28 2017, @04:38PM (#459908)

    No worries here, at least on this front. My school records are so ancient that two of the schools don't even exist any more, and I doubt if anyone is going to foot the bill for data entry of 50 years' worth of probably-lost paper archives. Let 'em search the ruins for the Dead Geezer Scrolls.

    My son is well out of Engineering school as well. My grand-daughters are being home-schooled. The whole family is tech-literate and privacy-aware.

    I truly believe that empowerment begins with education, and that technical literacy, at some level above sophomoric social apps, and privacy awareness should be essential parts of basic education today.

    Of course it's effectively impossible to maintain complete privacy these days without being an Amish recluse, but where there's an intrusive will, there's often a devious way to thwart it.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29 2017, @12:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29 2017, @12:20AM (#459981)

    First they came for the ACs and I did not speak out because,
      > I filter out AC's. Every single one. Life is good.