Stop Data Mining Our Families

November 9, 2017

Last week, Speaker Paul Ryan introduced a huge data mining bill with Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking (H.R. 4174/S. 2046) forces all federal agencies to adopt a system that collects data on federal programs. This will track data on every individual, including children, without their consent. This is problematic in many ways.

Through this bill, Speaker Ryan is touting his creation of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking which will act as an accountability measure for the federal government by assessing which programs are wasteful. We do not need a Commission to tell us that most federal programs are wasteful. From the Department of Defense’s $283,500 bill to bird-watch to a $150,000 grant to the National Science Foundation to study why politics stress us out, you don’t have to search far to find waste. Even with so many voices asking Congress to defund Planned Parenthood for their atrocious practices, they still receive taxpayer money every year. If Congress refuses to listen to their own constituents, they will certainly ignore suggestions from this Commission.

Safety is a big concern of this massive database. Over the last few years, several data breaches have occurred with hackers obtaining highly secured, personal information. Health records, education documents, and credit information, just to name a few, will be at risk. No matter how many security tools will be put into place, it will just be a matter of time before hackers crack this system.

Enacting this bill will be a federal overreach of power in people’s personal lives which threatens their safety.

Contact your Representatives to ask that they oppose the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking (H.R. 4174/S. 2046).

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Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121

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