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Richard Innes: Schools, Data-Mining, and Invasions of Privacy

May 21, 2013

Are schools collecting too much personal information about kids? The world has become an intensive data-tracking place, with grocery stores tracking your eating habits and Google tracking your internet history and search terms. Schools are no exception. Bluegrass Institute education analyst Richard Innes, an old hand at the inner workings of student data collection, joins the podcast to discuss how even "anonymous" information on a child is no longer anonymous to any researcher with a decent database. He also outlines how the federal government is moving towards creating a comprehensive cradle-through-career database on each child, and what this means for privacy, government, and education.