When Data Privacy Bills Don’t Protect Privacy: A Mom Takes on NGOs, Governmental Agencies and Politicians
What’s happening in Louisiana with SB449 is happening in Missouri with HB1157 and is probably happening in your state. These are bogus privacy bills introduced by senators or representatives on behalf of the state educational agencies allegedly offering data protection with the personally identifiable information it is allowing third parties and various agencies to access without your consent.
A mom testifies in Louisiana about how this bill does nothing to protect student privacy but instead allows the state agency to allow even more authority to gather data information and provide access on students. Her testimony echoes what parents are saying throughout the United States. Watch the video as she lays out her concerns about data mining children and her experiences in fighting for privacy:
- Kids are becoming a data index
- In her legislative experiences, statist and elitist mentality pervades
- Parents have been villianized in every way possible
- Parents are omitted in everything…”we matter nothing”
- This is my children’s information
- Unintended consequences
- There is a freedom and right to privacy and this bill does nothing to protect this right
- I am the sole legal authority over my child
- You would fully restore the right over data privacy, collection and collection storage for my child and not give it to a governmental agency
- We are afforded due process and protection for effective due process and right to privacy
- There is a denial of these rights
- There is no due process in this bill for parents
- FERPA is meaningless
- Parents don’t count because we are not required to consent and SEA can determine just about anyone an authorized representative
- Louisiana can go further than FERPA
- SSNs have been uploaded to third party vendors
- The buck has to stop with our children
- Parents are denied the divine right to protect their student’s data and this bill totally negates my right as a parent and gives it to government
- We are adopting a village mentality rather than have parents have the right to protect their children
- Pass a bill that places students/parents first and foremost in traditionally free America. NGOs are supplanting us in so many ways. How do you counter NGOs and governmental agencies? In a traditionally free America you keep these agencies (state and private) in check with one word: Consent. You need consent from the person to whom that information belongs. My information belongs to me, not the government. The countries that streamlined the data tracking initially were Russia and China. What have we gotten in America with increased data tracking? We’ve gotten less freedom and more government.
Could these data privacy bills that do nothing to curb informational gathering on students be from ALEC? From Legislative-Advocacy Group’s Model Bill Tackles Privacy of Student Data:
An influential legislative-advocacy group’s promotion of a model bill meant to protect the privacy of student data sends a strong signal that the hot-button issue will be debated in statehouses around the country in lawmakers’ 2014 sessions.
The template being provided to state lawmakers by the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, would require state school boards to appoint a “chief privacy officer,” create a data-security plan, publish an inventory of all student-level data being collected by the state, make sure that contracts with some vendors include privacy and security provisions, and ensure compliance with federal privacy laws.
The group’s model legislation mirrors a recently enacted bill in Oklahoma that is widely regarded as the first attempt in the country to comprehensively address growing concern over the collection, electronic storage, and sharing of oceans of student-specific information. Such data cover matters from academic performance to family background to disciplinary and health records.
Although she did not mention ALEC by name, it is one of the NGOs heavily invested in education reform. Is is any wonder why politicians are not receptive to parents and the taxpayers who are compelled to support the system that is increasingly being taken over by private organizations?