As if the younger generations don't already have a strong casus belli given the debt with which their great-grandparents and grandparents have saddled them, Karl Denninger points out yet another reason today's children will have just cause to hate their parents:
We all have the right to consent to our data being used and even sold in exchange for something. Today you consent to a lot of that, even though you may not be paying attention to your granting of that consent.On a related note, don't put pictures of your kids on Facebook or Instagram. It's stupid. It's obnoxious. It's thoughtless and self-centered. And it's their life, not yours, that you're putting on public display.
But children are not of age. They thus cannot consent. And it is a long-standing principle that a bargain must include something of at least putative value to both parties as consideration, or it's no contract at all.
There is no benefit to the kids in this paradigm -- only costs that are intentionally hidden from them but which, mark my words, will screw them in the future.
Mark this post and wait 10 years.
Those kids who are being "tracked" now will find that they've been violated repeatedly by this data collection and sharing.
If your state is involved in this, and there are a lot that are, you need to get every last one of your state legislators out of office and all of the local school board members must be instantly ejected and shunned to the point of literal starvation.
If you're in a state that is not participating, make damn sure they don't now or in the future.
If you're a parent and don't do those two things then prepare for your kids to throw you into the wood chipper feet-first when they figure out how badly you allowed them to be screwed.
I utterly guarantee that you will deserve it.