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CDC's National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is spying on kids & parents

Published: July 16, 2014
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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children -- and that's what the department says is happening while spying on children & families.

The SAS report helped DCF identify what the highest-risk children looked like on paper, creating a detailed profile. “We needed to understand a lot more of the common factors in those cases," Carroll said, "and we needed to be able to take that information and refine what we were doing from a case practice standpoint to see if we couldn’t intervene in a more effective way to prevent some of those child deaths."

Florida is one of 50 states conducting the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) with financial and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A $100,000 contract forged with SAS last fall led to a detailed report that is now shaping how DCF achieves its mission.
This national telephone surveillance system is designed to collect data on individual risk behaviors and preventive health practices related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Information from the survey is used for health planning, program evaluation, and monitoring health objectives within the Department of Health. 

Albert Blackmon a paid analytics expert(employee) for SAS addressed the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities on Thursday during a meeting held in Tampa, Florida, to discuss ways of dealing with a problem that caused the deaths of 1,640 children nationwide in 2012.
One of the focuses of SAS — the company he works for — is helping businesses and governmental entities gather, store, access, analyze and report on various data to aid in decision-making.  

Representatives of the child welfare, law enforcement, public health and technology fields explored various strategies surrounding child fatalities.
Blackmon presented findings from a recent project in Florida that included poring through the files of about 1 million children to identify factors indicating a high risk of death.

In other words our government, police and corporate interests are compiling a HUGE database on kids & parents. 

SAS says the resulting five-year Child Fatality Trend Analysis is helping investigators better predict the needs of families in crisis. It examined increases or decreases in the odds of children dying as a result of such factors as parental alcohol or drug abuse; physical abuse; and intervention by the governmental agency handling their cases.

This "governmental intervention" should set off alarm bells everywhere:

A private company working with law enforcement claims they can predict if your kids might be abused in the future? Will the parents be arrested on a hunch? Will the kids be put in protective services based on a prediction?

Blackmon also mentioned CJLEADS (Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services), a Web-based application hosted by SAS which has played a crime-solving role. It allows information to be assembled from various sources to give law enforcement officials a complete picture of a suspect’s criminal history and status.

The CJLEADS system allows authorities to keep closer tabs on offenders, streamline investigations and possibly prevent future crimes.

The system will allow users to develop a watch list of persons of interest and will notify the users when that person of interest has a change in status such as an arrest, pending court date, or release from custody.

There it is in black & white a "watchlist of person's interest". Is this Stasi Germany or Soviet Russia?

Missouri claims school officials can decide how best to spy on students:
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited Missouri's public schools from tracking students electronically.
The legislation rejected Wednesday sought to bar districts from using "radio frequency identification technology" to monitor or track the location of students.
Nixon said it would have eroded the ability of local school officials to decide what's best for their students.
He said the tracking devices could be a public safety tool to locate students during emergency situations or natural disasters.

Schools aren't consciously giving up student data, Rep. Patrick Meehan said.
Most of them are moving toward online storage and data-management systems known as cloud computing. Many of those systems are secure but some have fine print built into the contracts saying the software company owns the information that's stored and can sell it.
"They're accessing student data for the specific purposes of marketing that data to a vendor," Meehan said.

Meehan co-hosted a hearing last month about data mining and student privacy that looked at where there are current and potential security issues and how they can be rectified.

In typical govt. fashion, they need a hearing on how exploiting students data can be rectified.

Here's the answer stop collecting our data, Stop Spying On Us!

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