“Secret ‘Fusion Centers’ and the Search for the Next School Shooter” via EdSurge

EdSurge has published an article detailing the rise of Fusion Centers and the relationship between those Fusion Centers and student privacy.

The article quotes Amelia Vance, the director of education policy at the Future of Privacy Forum, “To be clear we are talking about the government actively seeking out children’s social media accounts, both public and private, and combining this information with existing law enforcement or social services records to profile which students are threats… Privacy guardrails must be drawn so parents and students can be sure their rights are protected.”

Should society expect there to be a balance between giving up privacy and identifying threats? Or, is the cost of student privacy too high of a price to identify potential threats?

The article references the story of an autistic teen who dropped out of school after being identified as a threat. He was subject to increased surveillance and monitoring, and officials would not explain to him why we was a threat.

Should society accept the fact that some students may be incorrectly identified as a threat and face lifelong harms as a result of that misidentification? Is that an acceptable tradeoff for potential security gains?

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