Campus Reform | Emma Meshell sounds off on alleged student privacy violations (VIDEO)

Emma Meshell sounds off on alleged student privacy violations (VIDEO)

With personal privacy threats growing each day, America's universities should be at the forefront of protecting citizens’ personal security. 

Instead, colleges are developing new ways to infringe on the privacy of their own students, and of America at large. This comes through “hate speech” tracking Artificial Intelligence (AI), social media data scrapers, and even photo surveillance.

Campus Reform has been reporting on these privacy violations on college campuses, everywhere from the University of Washington-Tacoma to University of Buffalo to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

[RELATED: UCCS secretly took photos of hundreds of students in facial recognition study]

 The latter most recently came under fire for photographing thousands of students without their knowledge. 

The project, which was funded in 2012 with a military grant, was designed to test facial recognition capabilities. Community members in Colorado Springs expressed alarm to local media on the issue, citing a response from the school that was addressed to the “non-research community.” 

Institutions of Higher Education should be a place where civil liberties are instilled -- not a place where they’re ignored. Our students should be taking on an appreciation for the bill of rights, but instead, they’re being taught that it’s irrelevant.

[RELATED: UW-Tacoma developing tool to scan social media for 'hate speech']


 

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