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US eyes collection of college-student data
|Last Edited||RP Dec 01, 2004 12:42pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Boston Globe|
|News Date||Tuesday, November 30, 2004 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||The federal government is considering the creation of a national database to collect information and track the progress of every college student in the country, triggering criticism from education and civil liberties advocates worried that it would amount to a loss of privacy for millions of Americans. |
Congress is expected to start considering the proposal early next year as part of its periodic reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. If adopted, the tracking proposal would go through a pilot study before being implemented nationwide. Passing the plan would also require amending federal privacy law that currently calls for a student's or parent's permission to release most student records.