The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 57
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 57

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 18, 1997
Page 57
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e-mail, voice mail or computer files. Increasing numbers of companies are replacing worker ID cards with "active badges" — plastic cards containing a microprocessor that allows employers to electronically track their workers. EVEN CHILDREN ARE VULNERABLE Last summer, a Los Angeles reporter using the name of Richard Allen Davis, convicted killer of 12-year- old Polly Klaas, was able to buy a list with detailed information about thousands of children. The reporter cribbed Davis' name, along with a phony business name and phone number, sent in a $277 fee, and received a 5,500-name list of kids in the LA. area. There was no screening process to prevent the information from being sent to a child molester, convicted felon or pornographer. "We should let kids be kids and not objects of commerce," says Marc Klaas, Polly's father. "Most parents have no idea how much information is collected and sold about their children." Names, addresses, age, gender, family income and sometimes even specific information such as what kind of ice cream a child likes is available to anyone willing to pay. Klaas has formed a coalition called Kids Off Lists, which is campaigning to prohibit the sale of personal information about children without parental consent. A bill sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Bob Franks, D-N.J., also would require information vendors to disclose to parents, on request, the names of anyone to whom they have distributed information on their child. "There's a very apparent risk that all of the information gathered about children could fall into the wrong hands," Franks says. "We already have enough laws named after dead children." Other bills being considered by Congress would mandate stricter controls on medical records and prevent the Postal Service from disclosing customers' names or addresses without their consent. Despite these efforts, Taussig and others are beginning to wonder: Where does it all end? "If a bank can ask you for your fingerprint, what's the next step?" asks Taussig. "A blood or urine sample?" E3 Contributing EditorTom McNichol last wrote about the Native American gaming industry. USA WEEKEND • May 16-16,1897 17 ABO FOR COLLEGE <1 1 w TO PAY BACK YOUR COLLEGE LOANS ENLISTMENT BONUS Get up to $40,000 for college through the Montgomery Ql Bill and the Army Collogo Fund. Or get up to $69,000 toward your college loans thanks to our Educational Loan Ropaymont Program. Or get up to $12,000 in Enlistment Bonus money just for joining the Army. The Army brings out the best of what's in you. To find out how you can qualify for one of our enlistment incentives, contact your local Army recruiter or call 1-800-U$A-ARMY. ARMY. BE ALL YOU CAN BE.

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