But as we delve further into a world of Big Data, we as consumers are constantly at risk of data security breaches, such as the Target credit card fiasco, Premera Healthcare, Home Depot, and the US Military to name a few seen in an info graphic here. Millions upon millions of people's social security numbers, credit card numbers, and worse were jeopardized. Your child could be next.
But don't worry, the US Government ensures you that your child's health and education data is safe and secure - never mind that the US military and the IRS had security breeches, you're safe, trust us, we're the government.
Ok, you say, but what info can schools possibly have on my child? Maybe their name, birthdate, and report card grades? No big deal.
But it is.
Because schools collect a whole lot more on your child and even you yourself, if you are a caretaker of your child. Remember a teacher's empty threat, "This will go down on your permanent record"? It is no longer a threat but an Orwellian reality.
To highlight key points of a Washington Post Article, there is indeed a lot more being collected on your child and family than you could ever suspect, and it is not secure as you would hope.
To quote a quote within a quote in the aforementioned Washington Post Article,
"During a February 2015 congressional hearing on “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy,” Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin asked the panel to “provide a summary of all the information collected by the time a student reaches graduate school.” Joel Reidenberg, director of the Center on Law & Information Policy at Fordham Law School, responded:
To expand upon this, which I will mention again in this blog post, the government is creating a "rich data set" of health data, school data, and career data as one. Reidenberg is not exaggerating with his haunting statement on the Orwellian at a set being put into place RIGHT NOW.
Resistance is futile.