ACT: The Power to Collect and Share Data without Permission While Predicting Your Child’s Destiny

In case you missed our 2015 Summer Parade of Minnesota Surveys, this article on the ACT is a must read and ties in perfectly with our series on Data, Career Pathways, Workforce Tracking and the MN Data Practices Commission. Read on!

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ACT:  The Power to Collect and Share Data without Permission While Predicting Your Child’s Destiny

By:  Anne Taylor

Not long ago someone shared with me ACT’s data practices policy guidelines.  The original PDF document was readily found on-line, until recent.   I’d written a piece on it several months ago, set it aside and now here it is again.  What I can tell you is this:  Forget the weasel clause in sifting out where your child’s information may go.  ACT’s document was so blatant in its disclosure of data collection that you wouldn’t need to bother understanding FERPA.

Initially, I read ACT’s data policy booklet front to back – a mere 21 pages.  On the very last page, in the very last sentence it stated, “We release individually identifiable information according to the policies described in this booklet.”

I began reading the policy booklet…

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