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Question by -: Should parents be more concerned that the pentagon has a database of their children’s information?
Parents cannot remove their children’s names from a Pentagon database that includes highly personal information used to attract military recruits, the Vermont Guardian has learned.
The Pentagon has spent more than $ 70.5 million on market research, national advertising, website development, and management of the Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS) database — a storehouse of questionable legality that includes the names and personal details of more than 30 million U.S. children and young people between the ages of 16 and 23.
The database is separate from information collected from schools that receive federal education money. The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to report the names, addresses, and phone numbers of secondary school students to recruiters, but the law also specifies that parents or guardians may write a letter to the school asking that their children’s names not be released.
However, many parents have reported being surprised that their children are contacted anyway, according to a San Francisco-based coalition called Leave My Child Alone (LMCA).
“We hear from a lot of parents who have often felt quite isolated about it all and haven’t been aware that this is happening all over the country,” said the group’s spokeswoman, Felicity Crush.
Parents must contact the Pentagon directly to ask that their children’s information not be released to recruiters, but the data is not removed from the JAMRS database, according to Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Instead, the information is moved to a suppression file, where it is continuously updated with new data from private and government sources and still made available to recruiters, Krenke said. It’s necessary to keep the information in the suppression file so the Pentagon can make sure it’s not being released, she said.
Krenke said the database is compiled using information from state motor vehicles departments, the Selective Service, and data-mining firms that collect and organize information from private companies. In addition to names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and phone numbers, the database may include cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, grade-point averages, ethnicity, and subjects of interest.
She said the Pentagon spends about $ 500,000 annually to purchase the data from private companies, and has paid more than $ 70 million since 2002 to Mullen Advertising — a Massachusetts firm whose clients include General Motors, Hooked on Phonics, XM Satellite Radio, and 3Com — to target recruiters’ messages toward teens and young adults.
The Boston Business Journal reported in October that the Pentagon had spent a total of $ 206 million on the JAMRS program to date, and could spend another $ 137 million over the next two years.
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Mikegolf- is this program not in violation of the privacy act?
Answer by dorealtor
We are just a number to the government. We are all being prepared for the great slaughter and the more we see around us what is going on the more frightful it becomes.
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Know anything about work at home jobs requiring to examine your computer? I’m concerned about spyware?
Question by Mel Mel: Know anything about work at home jobs requiring to examine your computer? I’m concerned about spyware?
I found a work at home opportunity where the company wants to examine my computer to make sure it has adequate memory. I give them access through their website for their tests. I’m just concerned about spyware either while they’re checking it or while installing their software. The company is called TeleTech@Home. I’m hoping someone knows something about these types of opportunities or this company. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Answer by jet
Check this company out with the local Better Business Bureau. A lot of these work at home sites are scams and engaged in illegal activities.
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