Maine Schools To Collect SSNs
STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.June 17, 2010
Maine schools will begin collecting student Social Security numbers this fall to track student progress after graduation, and that has the Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) concerned, Kennebec Journal reports. MCLU Legal Director Zachary Heiden said the Maine Department of Education's one-sentence statement provided to schools to notify parents that they have the option of withholding their children's Social Security numbers does not clarify the risks of providing such information, including the potential for identity theft. Department of Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin said the statement was created as an advance notice to schools. He said the department shares the MCLU's concerns about protecting student privacy and believes "it is possible to protect and use data to improve outcomes."