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Pentagon collecting data on American children

by Nikola Strahija on June 26th, 2005 The US military has retained the services of a commercial privacy invasion outfit to assemble detailed dossiers on all American high school children and college students, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Direct-marketing database outfit BeNow Inc will collect students' information for the US Department of Defense (DoD), in order to bypass federal regulations which limitthe amount of personal data that government agencies are permitted to hold on citizens.

By combining commercial data with information already accessible to the government, the DoD hopes to assemble "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."

With complete dossiers of educational, economic, and ethnic backgrounds military recruiters will be able to target qualified candidates over the age of sixteen. This will enable them to initiate contact using the most effective lure, emphasizing, for example, job security to weak students with poor employment prospects, or prestige assignments to those with records of high academic and/or athletic achievement.

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