There's An Assault in Our Nation's Border Wall Plus Our Data Privacy Walls--At The Same Time.
Please take action on these two issues that are hitting us at the same time. Enemies are everywhere and unfortunately as we see the physical attack on our borders, most are unaware of the attack on our data privacy. There is so much being thrown at our President to defend us and the gutting of our data privacy through passage of HR4174 in the lame duck is something we have to spread the word on twitter and fb and pray that our President will stop it and veto the bill.
According to this article from Townhall by Dr. Karen Effrem: "Lame-duck congressional sessions almost always endanger freedom, and sadly, this one was no exception. In a “lamer” than usual lame-duck move at the end of last week, the Senate passed H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act (FEPA). This move came without a hearing and with only a voice vote after no debate. Although the bill is defended as a way to use data to evaluate the effectiveness of government programs, it will result in an unprecedented assault on the privacy of American citizens."
More on the issue from Christel Swasey:HR 4174 doesn’t promote informed consent by individuals for agencies taking personally identifiable information for “sharing.” It promotes data sharing across federal agencies and between state and federal entities. HR 4174 will not make America great again! It will make America more like communist China, less like the America of liberty and justice for all, because its whole point is to collect EVIDENCE on you and me, and to create evidence-based policies, based on one-size-fits-all, federal moral values. Do you want to give your own and your child’s and your neighbor’s privacy away —to public-private research partnerships, whom you never elected and cannot fire? Do you want all agencies to alter their databases to make them all interoperable and therefore much more in danger of huge scale hacking?! This bill comes from the CEP (Commission for Evidence Based Policy) which formed thanks to Patty Murray, Paul Ryan and Obama a few years ago with a mission to consolidate ALL data of ALL Americans from ALL sources into one “central clearinghouse”. Now, the fact sheet on the bill denies that it’s creating a new, central, federal data repository. This is on the surface of the words, true. But linking thousands of federal and state agencies’ data interoperably IS creating a new system that actually operates as a new federal repository— of data not given by individual informed consent. That’s flat out theft— especially in the context of the CEP’s history and stated goals (such as getting rid of protective student unit record bans). The title of the commission, and of this bill, sounds innocuous. Evidence based policy making. But even back when the CEP was first organized, even though it came in part from Republican Paul Ryan, I was in full panic mode, and wrote about CEP’s goals and meetings, a lot. Search this blog. Now the CEP’s privacy dismissing plot is to become US law (unless we see a veto from President Trump). People won’t be able to ignore its effects. When ALL data from ALL sources gets combined (for research purposes only, they promise us) into the de facto central clearinghouse, freedom can quickly go away. The CEP wants access for officials and researchers to ALL DATA. This is not anonymous data, but Pii (Personally Identifiable Information) on children and adults from everywhere—every US school, every test and tech based report or assignment, data from every document held by public private partnerships including preschools, hospitals, foster families, the social security department, criminal justice departments, both state and federal; the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, the EPA, the TSA, student loans, colleges, universities, including private corporations in public private partnerships, and much much more. When personal data is accessible to a “researcher” or bureaucrat, whether a legitimate policy maker or a nefarious hack, without YOUR informed consent, that’s very, very, exceptionally bad news. Without revisiting too many historical CEP conference details —you can read those by searching CEP on this blog— just let me share one telling fact that has always stuck out in my mind… (And yes, this is an appropriate time to be freaking out and taking action)-- This I can not forget: One of the top dogs at the CEP said— during one of the endless, hours-long conferences that CEP held— that the CEP mustn’t act too FAST in its research-based enthusiasm to take over Americans’ data. That, he said, would be “RIPPING OFF the band-aid” (of privacy) from the American people. (Too obvious! Someone might notice.)
Well, some of us do notice. President Trump, please notice! Veto. Veto. Veto.
Also: UNESCO recently published a paper showing (for people that understand) that data interoperability is helping them control curriculum–as their 2004 Microsoft contract put in motion. The paper is called “Future Competencies and the Future of Curriculum”: http://www.ibe.unesco.org/sites/default/files/resources/02_future_competences_and_the_future_of_curriculum_30oct.v2.pdf In the foreword, they thank Australian Anthony MacKay who is Marc Tucker’s replacement at the NCEE. So, MacKay is helping UNESCO use interoperable data to control curriculum. Anthony MacKay and Linda Darling-Hammond will be keynote speakers at a personalized learning summit in Portland in April. The conference is sponsored by UNESCO’s 2030 partner the Collaborative for School Networking (CoSN). CoSN is controlling everything the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) does for data interoperability: https://cosnconference.org/program/global/
A “Fact Sheet” on HR 4174 states some key misleading “facts”: (I’m spitting mad as I paste this): “Does the bill create a central tracking system for the American public? No, the legislation does not establish a new database nor does the legislation authorize any new data collection. CEP specifically recommended against the establishment of a data warehouse or clearinghouse in its final recommendations and the Ryan-Murray legislation would not create such a clearinghouse.” (Giant omission alert. While the bill doesn’t create a NEW federal database, it does LINK all the existing ones, and makes sure everything is interoperable nationally. De Facto, that’s NEW as a system, and yes, it’s national. Just like China. Control-freak Communist China.) The fact sheet goes on: “How does the legislation address existing bans on data collection and use? The bill does not modify existing bans on data collection or use. CEP specifically identified the “student unit record” ban in its final report as one potential ban that Congress may want to revisit.” (Oh, really!? Lifting the student unit record ban means deleting the last vestiges of personal privacy. The fact that CEP recommends that is all you need to know! The fact that Obama appointed the chair of the CEP to be the chair of the CEP is also all you need to know.) found at https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/fact-sheet-foundations-for-evidence-based-policymaking-act/
Here's a letter from Alice Linahan- a mom who is an activist: Open Letter to President Trump: #VetoHR4174 #VetoFEPAShare with friends; they need to know...Alice Linahan Vice President, Women On the Wall alice@WomenOnTheWall.org December 31, 2018 Donald J. Trump President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President As a Texas mother of 3 and as one of your strong supporters, I urge you to join my U.S. Congressman Rep. Michael Burgess along with Rep. Louie Gohmert in opposition of H.R. 4174. Please Veto H.R. 4174 that on Dec. 21, 2018 the U.S. Senate passed. H.R. 4174, known as the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act (FEPA), is a very dangerous bill that is a complete invasion of privacy for all students from Pre-School through the Workforce (P-20W), in classrooms across America. During the Presidential Campaign, you were very clear that you were against Common Core; thank you!! Additionally, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, seen here, Ann Marie Banfield did a great job of explaining that “Common Core is more than just a set of standards, it is the data mining of personal data of students within this total redesign of public education under Obama. He gutted the FERPA law, so now parents do not know when student’s information is leaving the school, and they no longer have consent.” To which you said... “isn’t it ridiculous, you could have local education, with local people, your local schools, and you don’t have a problem with some bureaucrat in Washington that just wants to make money.” I said to myself, thank you Lord, he gets it. Ann Marie went on to ask… “my question is about the data mining, what would you do to protect the privacy of students now that Obama has pretty much opened that up?” Again, you correctly responded, “I would close all loopholes, you have to have privacy, you have to have privacy, so I would close all loopholes. But most importantly, I would get everything out of Washington because that’s where it is all emanating from”. I said, Halleluja!! This man gets it.
While FEPA itself doesn’t expressly establish a formal data system with a central repository, the bill’s mandates regarding linking and sharing data among multiple federal agencies and thousands of bureaucrats will create essentially the same result: a de facto national database.
The federal government is demonstrably incompetent at data security; moreover, it routinely ignores the overwhelming data it already has showing the ineffectiveness of many (most) federal programs. There is no reason to believe an even more enormous trove of data can be secured, or that it will actually change government behavior in any meaningful way.
Most importantly, collecting and holding massive amounts of data about an individual has an intimidating effect on the individual—even if the data is never used. This fundamentally changes the relationship between the individual and government. Citizen direction of government cannot happen when the government sits in a position of intimidation of the individual.
President Trump, I have great hope that you will stand by your words and Veto H.R. 4174. In gratitude for your service to our great nation, Alice Linahan Texas MomVice President: Women On the Wall There is a “Fundamental Transformation” occurring in education today. Some will say it is 21st Century Learning. The truth is, there is nothing 21st Century about it. It is the same battle that has been fought in the past and pushed back by American PARENTS and Teachers!! Why, because parents and teachers understood just how harmful this is to children, our families, and our nation.” Click here to learn more…
________________________________________________________________________________________________________ACTION: Please tweet@POTUS @WhiteHouse @RealDonaldTrump to ask Pres. Trump to veto this bill. The switchboard is not taking calls, but you can send an email to Trump at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.