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[Susan notes: I'll just repeat my conclusion. The Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated. . . has been replaced by Dave Eggers' "The Circle."]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
04/20/2014

To the editor

In As Data About Drivers Proliferates, Auto Insurers Look to Adjust Rates, Alina Tugend includes this observation from the president of the trade organization for insurance companies: "More data available online about all of us, along with increasingly sophisticated software to interpret those details, gives insurance companies better information than ever in targeting insurance rates."



With the over-reaching data determinism that has overtaken schools, insurance analysts will be able to scrutinize how the adult John Doe scored as an 8-year-old on each Common Core learning standard, whether he received reduced price lunches, how many times he didn't turn in homework, the reasons he was tardy, and whether his divorced mother had a significant other in her life. If you think this is an exaggeration, take a look at the InBloom student data management system.



The Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated. . . has been replaced by Dave Eggers' "The Circle."

Susan Ohanian


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