We need your help to stop H.R. 4174 Data Collection!
VOTE IS WEDNESDAY
Urgent action is needed to stop Congress from passing what can only be described as an unprecedented assault on student privacy and parental rights.
The assault comes in the form of three bills that are circulating through Congress, one of which–H.R. 4174, The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA)-could be voted on as early as this Wednesday.
- The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA) (H.R. 4174), which would create a “unified evidence-building plan” for the entire federal government-in essence, a national database containing data from every federal agency on every citizen;
- The College Transparency Act (CTA) (H.R. 2434), which would overturn the Higher Education Act’s ban on a federal student unit-record system and establish a system of lifelong tracking of individuals by the federal government; and
- The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 USC § 1232g, without restoring the FERPA privacy protections that were gutted by regulatory fiat in 2012.
Special interests that want increased access to highly personal student data for their own benefit have mounted a massive lobbying campaign to achieve their goals with respect to each of these bills. The bottom line is that bureaucrats in the Administrative State, as well as researchers, want a vast trove of data they can access to examine American citizens as lab rats-without their consent or even their knowledge.
Expanding the pool of data that will be so enticing to hackers is more than unwise-it’s madness.
But the more fundamental problem is this: Even if the data could be maintained with 100% security, and even if students could somehow benefit from the collection and sharing of their own confidential data, there are certain lines a free society should not cross.
For the sake of American students and parents, we are counting on you to flood Congress with calls starting Monday morning and tell them to vote “NO” on H.R. 4174, H.R. 2434, and H.R. 3157.
The number for Congress is 202.224.3121. Make your voice heard!