Stop Mental Health Data Mining of Our Kids

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Stop Mental Health Data Mining of Our Kids

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- No, no, no. Hell, no!

That's my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans' “neurobehavioral signs” to (purportedly) prevent gun violence.

President Donald Trump's old friend, former NBC head Bob Wright, has been pushing an Orwellian surveillance scheme called “Safe Home” — “Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes” — that would cost taxpayers between $40 million and $60 million. The Washington Post, owned by Amazon billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, reports that the plan could incorporate “Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home,” as well as ” fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.”

Here's the big lie: Wright's group promises that privacy will be “safeguarded,” profiling “avoided” and data protection capabilities a “cornerstone of this effort.”

There's so much bullcrap packed in that statement it should be banned as a global warming pollutant.

Anything involving Google should trigger automatic danger warnings of invasive data mining. We do not need the federal government partnering with Google to red-flag citizens. We need the federal government to red-flag Google.

Let me remind you that Google has already admitted to data mining children's emails without consent and in violation of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This school year, untold thousands, if not millions, of children were required to sign on to Google email and Chrome in order to access homework, schedules and classroom discussions — without obtaining parental consent. Thanks to “1-to-1” programs forcing students across the country to use laptops and tablets when paper and pencil would suffice, iPads loaded with Google for Education are metastasizing in tech-crazed, fad-addled school districts oblivious to privacy concerns.

At my high school sophomore son's school, every student was told to download an app called “E-Hallpass,” which is seamlessly connected to their Google login, to track how much time students spend in the bathroom. It's all in the name of “safety,” of course. And there's no opportunity for parents to provide their preemptive feedback or consent.

Minnesota educator Jennifer Dahlgren told me this week: “Too many schools use Google docs and sheets to store and share (private) student information, as well as using Google as their secure email! I have brought this up in staff meetings as a concern and no one else seems bothered. Not good!”

Just last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement with Google/YouTube over its violation of the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. YouTube had been stealthily mining data of unsuspecting YouTube users under the age of 13. It will reportedly pay a pittance for this massive child abuse — somewhere between $150 million to $200 million, which amounts to just a few months' of YouTube ad revenue. In other words: a hill of beans.

Earlier this summer, Google agreed to a $13 million settlement over its Street View program, whose roaming cars in more than 30 countries secretly collected emails, passwords and other personal data from Wi-Fi networks. The Wall Street Journal reported on how the company's dishonest dismissal of the breach as a “mistake” was exposed by investigators who found that “Google engineers built software and embedded it into Street View vehicles to intentionally intercept the data from 2007 to 2010.”

It's not just Google. Under the cloak of “science,” Big Tech and Big Government are on the cusp of instituting a mental health social credit score system incorporating dubious predictive analytics.

Who defines “mental health” risk factors? There is no consensus on how much mental health predicts violence. And don't forget: The mental health profession is filled with partisan zealots who think all Trump voters [and gun owners] are dangerous. Camera-hogging psychiatrists and psychologists clog left-wing news shows recklessly and fecklessly pretending to “diagnose” the president himself through their own unhinged political lenses.

Mental health data mining in schools is already happening. The Pioneer Institute reported that federal, state and local governments splurged on more than $30 billion in 2018 to implement social-emotional learning monitoring in K-12 public schools. I've reported on Google apps previously such as ClassDojo (which collects intimate behavioral data and long-term psychological profiles encompassing family information, personal messages, photographs, and voice notes) and on federally funded TS Gold testing (which monitors “developmental domains including social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development”). Students are rated and recorded on their ability to do things like “respond to emotional cues,” “interact cooperatively” and “cooperate and share ideas and materials in socially acceptable ways.”

Who defines “socially acceptable?” Liberal educators, who are mindlessly addicting our kids to Silicon Valley technology and brainwashing them to conform or be excluded?

The last thing Washington should be doing is handing over yet another set of keys to Silicon Valley spies with a voracious appetite for our private information — and our children's precious minds.

Do you want to make children safer? De-platform Google and the other data-mining predators from public schools now. It's insanity to let them roam free.


Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

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musicman44mag
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musicman44mag

I can’t believe that six months ago I was looking for a jeep. I spent about a month looking until I found and bought one but I still get adds constantly for jeeps when browsing the internet for radios. Well, mabey they will get the message now. What concerns me most is when I’m browsing in my phone, get interupted and set my phone down without disconnecting from the web, take care of the issue, sit and talk to my wife about something, go back to my phone to start another search and thier are new adds regarding the topic… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Another News Brief… According to Independent.co.uk ” Trump in severemental decline: Concerns raised over presidents health . Ah now comes the Biden attack mode …

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, American newspapers, British newspapers, every source of free information is at best suspect. Real, valuable, useable information costs and costs big time.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@WB…Ain’t it the truth . Thought it interesting , the thing that will defeat Biden is now going to be tried on Trump. The real Teflon Don ?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, Yes, it is interesting. The race card was successful. So the power hungry left used it on Pelosi because she is in their way. The senility card will defeat Biden, as you say, and so it is perfectly natural that the socialists would use it to get Trump out of the way. Every argument, every pretended concern, every issue is just a cover story in their quest for power.

tomcat
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tomcat

Google says it only uses your personal information to bring ads to you that you show interest in, what a crock. The google bosses and a lot of the employees are other than American and they are use to someone keeping track of their movements from the country they came from. Amazon Alexa and the other electronic devices like it are nothing but spying machines and they have been caught spying on people. People are too lazy to dial a phone number, change a tv station or set their thermostat so they give away their privacy in return. I think… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@TC…The obsidian deal was an app to set up and “control the rifle” were the words they used , Now yhe government is ” DEMANDING” names etc.

Tionico
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Tionico

Michelle, I KNOW you love your high school son (and the rest of them). GET HIM OUTTT of the gummit skewlz NOW. You know far more than 95% of the other parents about what they do to our kids. WHY leave him at risk, subject to those pererts running the assylum?

TexDad
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TexDad

Well written! This has concerned me all along as a parent and as a spied-on citizen. We’re not going to give up smart phones, so we need to take every opportunity to tell tech giants and the government that we won’t tolerate misuse of our private information.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Tex …That is exactly why I hate all of the updates the force on us .

HoundDogDave
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HoundDogDave

Time to get one of those “Scanner Darkly” cloaking devices 😉

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Tell me more

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, Yeah, I never heard of a “Scanner Darkly” cloaking device, either.

HoundDogDave
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HoundDogDave

“Scanner Darkly” is a SciFi novel about an undercover drug enforcement cop that wears a “scramble suit” that conceals his identity by randomly cycling through bits of images of peoples faces. They made an animated movie (rotoscoped) of it (2006?) with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder

HoundDogDave
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HoundDogDave
JPM
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JPM

Any and all personal information you provide will always be out there somewhere to be used and abused. It’s like dealing with lawyers, no matter what they tell you, only tell them what YOU want them to know.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@JPM, With all due respect, that statement about telling lawyer only what you want them to know is stunningly bad advice. There are many ways for the facts to come out so your own lawyer must know everything or risk getting caught flat footed in court.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

JPM, I’m medical, the other side of the family is legal, so I may be wrong, but what you say to your Atty, unless it is about a crime you intend to commit, is privileged work product. It won’t see the light of day. Attys are taught not to ask questions they don’t already know the answer to. If you don’t tell them what they need to know you can blindside them.

JPM
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JPM

You have a very naive view of the legal profession based upon your personal (family) situation. My father was a Judge and attorney and I know many attorneys personally and some a good friends. Most I wouldn’t trust further than I can throw my pickup. They are officers of the court, and even the honest ones (few and far between) will not “do the right thing”, if it violates some obscure legal statute or threatens their Bar membership or profit margin. The letter the law does not get you justice, compassion and doing what is morally and ethically right does,… Read more »

24and7
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24and7

Speaking of data mining, that is why social media was created.. our government let the creators of the social medias make gazillions of dollars in turn for giving it a gold mine information/data on individuals.. it has been said that each person on social media or chats can give as much as a phone book of data (information) about themselves on daily basis… the government Can profile a person quickly due to their social media contributions.. the government and these social media sites know you better than you know youself… and the funny thing is you’re providing it all for… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@31, that is the best thing that you have ever written. I’m voting you up!

Bill
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Bill

This is an important issue! While mass shootings evoke emotional responses, the number of murders by percentage seems to be going down. Programs for education of children on how to defend themselves like NRAs Eddie Eagle, seems to be a much more effective program without the privacy issues! Thanks

Tionico
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Tionico

Programs for education of children on how to defend themselves like NRAs Eddie Eagle, Sadly, Eddie Eagle does NOT teach children how to defend themselves. It teaches them to, when they see a gun, to not touch it, to run away and go find an adult. It does NOT teach how to handle a firearm at all. So while the good kids are running away to find an adult, as taught, they leave the gun right there.. for the next kid to discover and……….. NO. TEACH them how to handle a loaded firearm. How to unload and clear, making that… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Tionico…Gold Star… Knowing what not to do is also as important as what to do . ie finger off the trigger etc.

Southofnorth
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Southofnorth

Google, not to mention our government cannot be trusted. They would share any information they could obtain. This is not to even mention “ hackers “ would obtain also.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@South, Someone shared this quote recently, and I thought it educational: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” ~Lavrentiy Beria, chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Joseph Stalin.