I got to talk with Khalia Barnes today about the legal action her company, EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) has taken against the U.S. Department of Education.
Ms. Barnes said that they’ve had no press. No press! The U.S. Department of Education is being sued for stepping outside the bounds of their statutory authority and making regulatory changes to FERPA, a Congressionally written law from 1974, and nobody thinks it’s newsworthy? This affects us all, now and for years and years and years to come. It matters, people. Strange that this is not in the news.
Also not newsworthy, apparently: Ms. Barnes told me that if FERPA regulatory changes don’t get overturned by the judge over this case (when it’s completed in October 2012) then it’s not just kids who will be exposed to massive privacy intrusions. It’s every single citizen, regardless of age, who ever attended a college or university that keeps educational records, so long as that institution has accepted federal funding, which most have. So the kid-tracking now affects all ages.
— Unless EPIC wins the suit! I’m going to be following the EPIC webpage and lawsuit very closely.