Last Updated Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Privacy is something we all want whether we are young, old, rich or poor. That
is why we put an alarm system on our homes and buy software to put on our
computer for privacy. That is why President Obama put into place the Personal
Data Notification and Protection Act to protect our personal information.
I’m writing this letter to inform the citizens of Fayette County and surrounding
counties about Fayette County Head Start program. Did you know that when you
submit an application for your child to be accepted into the program the center
manager has the right to access your personal information whether you have a
child enrolled or not? Did you know that after your child leaves the program
the center manger has the right to go into their system and access your
personal information like birth dates, social security numbers of you and your
child? Did you know they can still access your information three or five years
after they leave the system even though you don’t have a child in the program?
My information was accessed and an application was submitted in my name to
enroll my son into the program without my written or verbal consent. They
accessed all my information from social security numbers, addresses, telephone
numbers and work information even though I haven’t had a child there in three years. I was informed by the director of Head Start
after I brought it to their attention, “that a data entry error was made by their staff showing application complete
instead of incomplete.” I was also told that because the application was submitted without my consent
it was inappropriate use of my personal information.
That is why elected officials like the Attorney General are in place to protect
our personal information and for us to do this as well. I wanted the citizens
of Fayette County and surrounding counties to know that your information is not
as protected as you may think.