Nevada dad John Eppolito has been given a $10,000 bill to see his own children’s school files containing the data collected by the state.
“The problem is that I can’t stop them from collecting the data,” Eppolito told FoxNews.com. “I just wanted to know what it [collected data] was. It almost seems impossible. Certainly $10,000 is enough reason to prevent a parent from getting the data.”
Folks, thats ten-thousand-dollars for a state employee to pull those files and make copies. Is the government collecting that much data, or did they put the most expensive, tenured state employee on the job? Or is it simply that the government doesn’t want the average parent to have access to the data collected on their children?
“This data is for everyone except the parents. It’s wrong,” said Eppolito to Fox News (Read the rest of the interview here).
Federal privacy laws have been changed (FERPA) to allow the government to share and sell our children’s data, not only to other government entities, but private domestic and international education firms.
Are companies like Pearson and InBloom paying ten grand a head for that information? Doubtful. If so, those textbook prices will be sky rocketing in the near future.
Now, this discussion is just about the government price tag of re-selling our children’s personally identifiable private information.
Perhaps the more ominous questions are which international companies are we talking about, and; what are their incentive purposes for attaining such intelligence?