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Maine SSN Law Could Face Repeal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 24, 2010

The Sun Journal reports that in response to a Maine law requiring schools to ask for students' Social Security numbers (SSNs) but not requiring parents to provide them, school committees in 14 cities and towns have recommended parents not give their children's SSNs to schools. A Maine Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman said, "School leaders are taking a stand for privacy." She added that several legislators are looking at sponsoring bills to repeal the law, which aims to gauge the success of school districts by tracking students into adult life. Its sponsor, Sen. Peter Mills (R-Skowhegan), said that long-term tracking is the "key to evaluation and performance" and that schools already deal with sensitive information.
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