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  US eyes collection of college-student data
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Last EditedRP  Dec 01, 2004 12:42pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateTuesday, November 30, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe 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.
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