Parents were you aware that a massive $100 million public school database has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 student data, including not only their name and address, but their social security number, attendance at school, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities and even hobbies and attitudes about school, as well as any personal information the schools deems important? Your children could well end up branded for life.
This massive invasion of your child’s personal information, without your consent, was brought to you by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from a number of states. A new corporation, inBloom, was set up just to maintain and operate this massive database with nationwide access by anyone with whom the school system would like to share it, or the eventual hackers who will steal the information for their own use.
So far, only 9 states are using or planning to use the system: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina.
Local education officials will retain legal control over their students’ information but federal law allows them to share these files with private companies selling educational products and services. According to the Department of Education, this massive invasion of privacy complies with privacy laws since schools do not need parental consent to share student records with any school official who has a legitimate educational interest. Only the government could equate a private company hired by the school system as a “school official.”
The Electronic Privacy Law Center in Washington is suing the U.S. Department of Education over this issue. Their administrative counsel, Khaliah Barnes, says “It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. What happens if a company using the data is compromised? What happens if the company goes out of business? We don’t know the answers.” According to their suit, the revised regulations issued by the Education Department allows the release of student records for non-academic purposes and undercuts parental consent provisions. The rule change also promotes the public use of student IDs that enable access to private educational records.
Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union is also concerned. “Turning massive amounts of personal data about public school students to a private corporation without any public input is profoundly disturbing and irresponsible.” Her organization has blasted New York for not giving parents any notice of the plan or the opportunity to opt their child out of the program. “Under the new rules, personal student information could be shared with state officials not working directly on education and placed in state database with non-education records. Private entities – like test preparation centers or preschools – would be able to access school records they want to evaluate for their education programs. Ultimately, if this expansion continues we could soon see this information being shared between states, resulting in a database of sensitive information of most Americans. Again – none of this would require consent of parents or students.”
Parental Rights.org President Michael P. Farris, in an interview at WND says parents have plenty to worry about when it comes to inBloom’s national database. “The greatest immediate threat to children is the threat to their privacy. The Supreme Court has recognized a sphere of privacy within the family, but this project would take personal information about each child, apart from any considerations of parental consent, and put it into a database being managed and monitored solely by the government agencies and private corporations that use it.”
Farris wants parents and anyone else that is concerned about this travesty to sign a petition to add a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With the “elite” and the United Nations pushing for a treaty on “Rights of the Children,” this could well be the only way to save parental rights.
Parents should be the primary guardians of a child’s privacy. But the world’s elite, like Bill Gates, Obama and even Hillary Clinton, who thinks it takes a village to raise a child, don’t believe parents should be part of that village. They protect their own privacy and the privacy of their families at any cost but want the peasants to surrender privacy for the good of their ideal socialist society.
Bill Gates, who believes that Obama’s powers are too restrictive, is using his money and influence to work with the United Nations on projects such as population control through vaccines and “other methods.” In a speech “Innovating to Zero,” Gates expressed the need to keep the world’s population from peaking at an estimated 9.3 billion. “Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services (abortion), we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.”
Only the elite could believe that deciding who lives and who dies can be equated to health care.