Thursday, June 23, 2005

If you didn't give birth to a corporation, then you and yours count as nothing more than food for the war profit machine

Pentagon Creating Student Database
Recruiting Tool For Military Raises Privacy Concerns
By Jonathan Krim


The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new database will include personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade-point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying.
The data will be managed by BeNow Inc. of Wakefield, Mass., one of many marketing firms that use computers to analyze large amounts of data to target potential customers based on their personal profiles and habits.
"The purpose of the system . . . is to provide a single central facility within the Department of Defense to compile, process and distribute files of individuals who meet age and minimum school requirements for military service," according to the official notice of the program.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Thom H said...

What's going to happen to this info after it's complied? Distributed to other corporate friends?

This is nothing less than large-scale identity theft.

4:38 PM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

No Child Left Behind!

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Thom H said...

Pax Romano: Too funny!

Just discussed this w/ my brother, btw, whose daughter is heading off to college.

He's not happy--nor should anyone be.

12:46 AM  

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