Thursday, June 23, 2005

Uncle Sam Wants Your Student

The Pentagon is building a database of all US college students and every high schooler as young as 16. They went to work this week with a Massachusetts-based marketing firm -- BeNow Inc -- to identify potential recruits.

The database will include kids' Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, GPAs, race, and what classes they take.

Privacy advocates don't like that at all. The federal government is forbidden by law to collect and keep personal information of American citizens. They claim Washington's trying to use a loophole by going through private companies to do it. (WashPost via Boston Globe)

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