A new program in the state of Louisiana has been assembled to compile details on all its residents, then identify any “individual who is going to be at risk of incarceration down the road,” or in other ways be a problem.
The alarming idea of a state compiling dossiers that would be used by authorities to decide which lives should have the intervention of the state has been revealed in a video posted online by The People LLC, a small activist group in the state.
The video shows Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican, talking about the state’s original plan to try to crack down on fraud in worker’s compensation claims.
“When we built our system we decided instead of providing agency specific solutions, [we would] create a centralized data warehouse,” he said.
That, he said, allows each state agency to send all data in, and cross check that information.
The result is a “comprehensive person profile” – on everyone.
At the D.C. Clothesline blog, Paul Joseph Watson cut to the chase in describing peoples’ concerns.
“The purposes of the database, in the words of Broadwater, are to ‘detect fraud’ and to identify people who are ‘a risk to the state down the road based upon the information we know about the individual.'”
That would allow authorities to identify quickly “an individual who is going to be at risk of incarceration down the road.”
In order to minimize risk to the state, he explained, the state may have to “intervene in that person’s life.”
Further, Broadwater explains in the video that the database would be available to different branches of state government, so that a Department of Motor Vehicles worker would have access to details about an applicant’s children and their healthcare.
The People LLC wrote on a note accompanying the video, “Are you a risk to the state? Don’t worry, they plan to intervene in your life, if they determine you are…”
“My hope would be that we reach a point in state government where we take all the information we have and create that comprehensive person profile so that it makes the lives of our citizens better,” Broadwater said.
He called for the state to be proactive and use the details it has about individuals, including that intervention in the life of someone who, according to statistics and probabilities, would be “at risk for incarceration.”
Broadwater also references several times a brand name, SAS, of software utilized for the project.
The Inquisitr blog explained that, “If Broadwater is correct, even information about resident’s children will be included in the citizen database in Louisiana.”
The People LLC said a proposal in the legislature, HB1076, if approved, would be a defense against such invasive government data profiling, because it would nullify policies that allow agencies to share personal information with the state database.
Data collectors, however, have not had much luck lately.
WND reported that Iwan Streichenberger, CEO of inBloom, posted a notice on the company’s website explaining the closure on the operation that was set up to collect and compile data on all students in the U.S.
“It is a shame that the progress of this important innovation has been stalled because of generalized public concerns about data misuse, even though inBloom has world-class security and privacy protections that have raised the bar for school districts and the industry as a whole,” he wrote.
He explained the organization was set up in 2011 to collect data that would give teachers “a more complete picture of student progress.”
He charged the idea of compiling detailed information about students so that technology can be used to “tailor instruction” has been “the subject of mischaracterizations and a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.”
New York even adopted a law blocking the operation.
The development follows highly publicized efforts across the country for government agencies to set up readers to recognize license plates and record the movement of vehicles in a community, a novel concept in one European country to monitor every child by appointing a government overseer at birth, and all the database developments in other federal programs such as Obamacare, or the Common Core requirements for public schools.