Illinois Teacher Who Protected Students’ Constitutional Rights Applauded by Privacy4Patriots

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Privacy4Patriots supports a high school teacher in Batavia, Ill., who was punished by his school district for informing his students of their Constitutional rights prior to them taking a survey regarding at-risk behaviors.

(Privacy4Patriots) applauds Mr. Dryden for his interest in protecting his students, as well as the students and parents who supported his decision.

According to Fox News and other media outlets, an Illinois high school teacher was docked one day’s pay and issued a formal reprimand for informing his students of their Constitutional rights prior to taking a school-mandated survey regarding emotional and at-risk behaviors.

Batavia (Ill.) High School social studies teacher John Dryden advised his students, prior to handing out the survey, that they had Fifth Amendment rights not to incriminate themselves with their answers to the survey questions, which included topics such as past usage of tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect one’s privacy, is very interested in helping U.S. citizens maintain their Constitutional rights. The company applauds Mr. Dryden for his interest in protecting his students, as well as the students and parents who supported his decision.

There are additional ways for people to find out private information about others besides surveys. One of them is through cell phones. Privacy4Patriots offers three ways to secure a phone:

  •     Password protect. This will prevent most casual thieves from stealing one’s personal information, but a high percentage of people don’t do it. For smart phones, apps such as Lookout can be programmed to back up data and help find a lost phone.
  •     Data encryption. GadgetTrak offers a service that encrypts data and backs it up in the cloud. There are ways around encryption, but it will stop a vast majority of hackers.
  •     Remote wiping. If a criminal steals a cell phone and hacks into it to find passwords, financial information and other data, use GadgetTrak, SeekDroid or Webroot to remotely wipe the phone’s data. This can be done from a home computer.

Check out this Power4Patriots blog post to learn about how the IRS is taking advantage of an outdated privacy law to read people’s emails and check out their Facebook postings without probable cause.

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