Virginia isn’t for privacy lovers

If you’re thinking about going to college in Virginia, you might want to think again. According to today’s Washington Post, “Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities soon will be required to submit the names and Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of students they accept each year to state police for cross-checking against sexual offender registries.” The state has assured everyone that the records will be kept securely and only used for their intended purpose. Riigghht. Data NEVER gets stolen or misused. (Just ask ING and the Veterans Administration.)

My favorite part? “The Virginia law skirts federal prohibitions on disseminating student information by requiring colleges to turn over data after students have been accepted but before they have picked a school and enrolled.” So if you violate the privacy of more people, it becomes legal.