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Data Mining The First Grade


Last night, my wife and I received the papers you see here as a part of our first.grader’s information packet. The children’s magazine Highlights would give the.classroom a thousand stickers in exchange for our names, address, telephone numbers and email addresses.

There was no promise that the information would not be shared, or used for commercial purposes.

I don’t think that exposing our family, and our first grader, to data mining is worth just a few stickers.

3 thoughts on “Data Mining The First Grade”

  1. Dave says:

    Good on ya, Peregrin. Family first. We won’t even give our zip code to the cashier at Home Depot as it’s none of their beeswax.

  2. Bill says:

    One way to oppose intrusions such as this is to just opt out, as you have done, Peregrin. Another is to actively resist by supplying garbage info: make up a wrong (555) telephone number, an email address that can’t possibly exist, an absurd age (144 years old), etc. I do this all the time, online and off, at every opportunity. If more people did, as a form of protest, such marketing databases would become useless and worthless (garbage in, garbage out). Just because someone asks you for personal information doesn’t mean you’re required to give them accurate information.

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      Bill, that’s a fantastic idea. I’ll do that the next time I get an opportunity. It shouldn’t be long.

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