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Student privacy suit settled

November 3, 2008 by  

Students' data was sold to marketersA New Jersey-based company that operates by collecting information from students will have to allow participants to opt out of their service, following the settlement of a privacy lawsuit.

The settlement, announced by the state’s attorney general Anne Milgram, includes a $200,000 fine for Educational Research Center of America.

ERCA provided surveys to teachers in dozens of U.S. states, offering educators $40 gift cards as an incentive for participation.

Questions about ethnicity, religion, sports, hobbies and school activities were included in the surveys. The firm then sold the junior and senior high school students’ data to third parties to be used for marketing purposes.

The multistate settlement says that the company will be required to clearly show how students can choose to opt out of the survey. It also prohibits the organization from giving out monetary gifts to teachers.

Previously Iowa attorney general Tom Miller – who led the suit – pursued a similar company in 2006 for not letting children or teachers know that it was selling their information, the Des Moines Register reports.
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  • Bob Livingston

    See folks?  Big brother is not your only problem when it comes to matters of personal privacy. — Bob.

  • Nabanita

    Hey Mr Savage,

    REMEMBER YOUR TIRADE ABOUT OBAMA’S `MYSTERIOUS’ HAWAII VISIT NOT MANY DAYS AGO. YOU WENT ON AND ON ABOUT HOW THERE HAS TO BE A DEEP DEVIOUS REASON WHY OBAMA DROPPED HIS CAMPAIGN AND RUSHED OFF TO SEE HIS GANDMOTHER. GRANDMOTHER ILL? HOGWASH! HE HAS SCAMPERED OFF TO ARRANGE SOME FRAUDULENT DOCUMENT ATTHE LAST MINUTE TO PROVE HE IS A US CITIZEN. ON AND ON YOU WENT IN THIS STRAIN, HECKLING THE NATION TO BELIEVE WHAT YOU ALLEGED: THAT OBAMA WAS IN HAWAII TO DO SOME LAST-MINUTE COVER-UP JOB…

    NOW THAT THE OLD WOMAN IS DEAD, YOU DID NOT EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO MENTION IN YOUR SHOW TODAY THAT YOU WERE WRONG! YOU SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO OBAMA PUBLICLY FOR USING A FAMILY EMERGENCY AS A VEHICLE TO SPREAD YOUR PROPAGANDA. BUT NO, YOU DON’T HAVE THE GUTS TO DO THAT. NEITHER THE DECNECY.

    AND YOU KNOW HOW YOU MAKE OBAMA LOOK BY ALL THIS? DIGNIFIED AND DECENT. HE DID NOT CARE TO CLARIFY TO RUMOUR MONGERERS LIKE YOU WHAT IS GOING ON WITH HIS FAMILY, AND THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE ME, WHO FIND THAT THEY RESPECT HIM FOR IT…

    WHEREAS YOU END UP LOOKING LIKE A BAG OF HOT AIR…

    ONE DAY YOU `ENDORSE’ MCCAIN, NEXT DAY YOU DENOUNCE HIM…

    ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS YOURSELF.

    DO YOU REALIZE SOMETHING MR SAVAGE? IN ESSENCE YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN OBAMA. YOU SAY OBAMA IS LIKE HITLER — HE HAS THAT SAME SWAY OVER PEOPLE, THAT SAME ELOQUENT ORATORY…

    HOW ARE YOU ANY DIFFERENT FROM THAT. YOU SPEND HALF YOUR TIME ON AIR, TELLING YOUR FOOLISH LISTENERS THAT `YOU ARE THE NEWS’. `YOU KNOW BEST’. THAT PEOPLE WHO TUNE INTO YOUR SHOW ARE `SMART, RESPONSIBLE, RELIGIOUS AMERICANS’.

    TELL ME MR SAVAGE, HOW ARE YOU ANY DIFFERENT FROM OBAMA? YOU ARE DOING THE SMAE THING HE DOES. WHICH IS, TRY TO HOLD SWAY OVER PEOPLE.

    YOU ARE A MEGALOMANIAC, AND BASICALLY A FOOL. ELSE, YOU WOULD NOT NEED TO TOM TOM ALL THE TIME ABOUT YOUR DOCTORATE AND 50 WHATEVER BOOKS YOU HAVE WRITTEN. THERE ARE TONNES OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO ARE BETTER EDUCATED THAN YOU…

    AND THOSE PEOPLE, MR SAVAGE, DO NOT GLOAT GLEEFULLY WHEN SOME SICK MAN GETS CAUGHT WATCHING CHILD PORN OR SOMETHING…THEY DON’T SAY “OH THIS IS UNBEARABLE, I CANNOT EVEN HEAR THIS STUFF…” AND THEN RELISH HOUR AFTER HOUR OF READING TRANSCRIPTS OF THIS PERVERTED MAN’S CONVERSATION WITH SOME WOMAN ABOUT CHILD PORN….

    YOU KNOW WHAT, WE UNDERSTAND WHAT CHILD PORN MEANS….THIS MAN’S FANTASIES DO NOT EDUCATE US IN ANY WAY. OR MAYBE THEY DO WHERE YOUR LISTENERS ARE CONCERNED…THEY GOT TO BE DIM-WITTED TO IDOLIZE A FAKE AND A GASBAG LIKE YOU…ALL YOU HAVE GOING FOR YOU IS THE BOOMING VOICE AND THE CUTE DOG. AND YOU USE BOTH SHAMELESSLY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE….

    i AM NO OBAMA FAN….BUT I WILL VOTE DEMOC. AFTER LISTENING TO GUYS LIKE YOU AND MICHAEL MEDVED ON TALK RADIO….AND I WILL ROLL ABOUT LAUGHING WHEN OBAMA — THE FEARED BLACK MUSLIM COMMUNIST — ENTERS THE WHITE HOUSE…..ON WEDNES, MR SAVAGE, DON’T FRY YOUR EGG FOR BREAKFAST. RUB IT INSTEAD, ALL OVER YOUR FACE!!!

    NABANITA

    • Dena

      Obama should apologize to this country for not producing a valid birth certificate, which is required by law to become President of these U.S. He should also be impeached for commiting treason twice and in process of a 3rd treasonous act. 1. He gave aid and comfort when he informed enemies of the U.S., military enhanced interrogations so that they will be prepared if captured on how to keep quiet.
      2. He sent Billions of taxpayers’ $ to Gaza, where Hamas terror group rules and has access to that $, which is giving aid and comfort. And now coming is;
      3. Giving aid and comfort to enemies of the U.S. by extending, illegally and unconstitutionally, legal aid to captured terrorist enemies. These terrorists are not qualified for constitutional rights, as those rights are for legal citizens. When legal citizens go to prison or have been deemed Felons, they lose certain rights. Giving aid and comfort to enemies of the U.S., per the Constitution, is TREASON and an impeachable and criminal offense.
      You say Obama is an eloquent orator, but in fact, he cannot speak without a teleprompter. His speeches are written by professional speechwriters. When his trusty teleprompter messes up, he doesn’t keep going, he stops and waits for someone to put it back on track. Obama committed extortion by giving banks and car Cos. ultimatums of keeping the bailout $ or face consequences. EXTORTION. The Federal Govt. has no legal authority to overstep its bounds and interfere with the private sector. IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. He committed briberies by promising Acorn and Big Labor Unions seats in Govt. in exchange for their votes and contributions. Nationalizing Healthcare is a constitutional no-no, as it encroaches upon the peoples’ liberties to choose their own healthcare and it encroaches upon the private sectors, all illegal. Our Federal Govt. is in tyranny and our founding fathers gave THE PEOPLE ultimate authority and power over ALL OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS AND AGENCIES, and the right to overthrow a tyrannical govt., so go somewhere and sit down while WE THE PEOPLE take our country back. And by the way, the liberals in Congress also will have to answer to the people for other impeachable offenses, like briberies, conspiracy, misappropriations of public funds and defrauding the American people. You are out of your element, the bogs, here. Get educated and informed before you spout that which you know nothing about.

  • http://www.personalliberty.com Personal Liberty

    Although we fully respect Nabanita’s opinions, we would just like to point out that his rant is directed at Michael Savage.  Michael Savage is in no way affiliated with PersonalLiberty.com.

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