NEW YORK CITY The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students' nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.
The New York Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of six high schoolers, saying the department is ignoring privacy rules set by Congress regarding the collection and distribution of students' personal information.
Military officials have said they have about 30 million names in the database. The Pentagon said last year the list includes high school students ages 16-18 and college students, and includes such information as the students' Social Security numbers, gender and race.
Hope Reichbach, a 17-year-old senior at Hunter College High School in Manhattan and a plaintiff, said she contacted the NYCLU after she had tried unsuccessfully to get her name removed from lists and databases that she said subjected her to repeated calls from recruiters.
"I want them to leave me and other students alone," Reichbach said.