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DOD Recruitment Database

FAQ: Your Privacy and the DOD Database

Why is the DOD database a threat to my privacy?

The Department of Defense (DOD) in criminal violation of the Privacy Act has created the largest single centralized facility to compile, process, and distribute information on 30 million 16-25 year-olds in the United States.

How is the DOD database in criminal violation of the Federal Privacy Act?

The DOD was required by the Privacy Act to provide notice 30-days before beginning their work on the Joint Advertising and Marketing Research Studies recruiting database in 2002. The federal agency delayed making public notice of this project until a Federal Register notice published on May 23, 2005.

What kind of personal information will be part of the DOD database?

This database will include personal information, such as full name, full address, e-mail address, telephone number, date of birth, gender, grade point average, ethnicity, school name, college intentions, field of study, and Social Security Number.

Does the Privacy Act prevent the collection of this information?

Yes, the Privacy Act explicitly limits the collection and use of the Social Security Numbers by federal agencies. The DOD is hiding behind Executive Order 9397, signed by President Roosevelt in 1943, which allows the use of SSNs when federal agencies are establishing "accounts." The DOD is not administering an account system for the benefit of individuals, but an enumeration system for the benefit of the agency.

Who enforces my Privacy Act Rights?

Unlike many European nations, there is no one federal agency to protect your privacy rights. Each agency is responsible for complying with the Privacy Act. These agency are also responsible for making sure that their contractors also comply with the Privacy Act.

Is the DOD using a contractor to create this database?

Yes, the DOD has contracted with Benow a private direct marketing firm, which has been acquired by Equifax, to mange the database.

Is the DOD requiring that the contractor following the federal Privacy Act?

No one knows. The DOD has not stated that they are requiring the database contractors to follow the Privacy Act law.


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Organizations Concerned about the Database and Military Recruiting