It’s an embarrassing resume, but one that surprises no one who has been following the agency for long. From ridiculously low crime clearance rates to withholding evidence on innocent prisoners, the FBI has to be one of the worst government agencies out there.
But despite this, they still had the audacity to recently launch a new “Child ID App” where, I kid you not, they would like you to upload tons of personal information about your children for “their safety.”
According to their website, the app “provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it.”
They advertise that “you can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.”
What could go wrong?!
They do include this disclaimer in their post: “The FBI is not collecting or storing any photos or information that you enter in the app. All data resides solely on your mobile device unless you need to send it to authorities.”
But, ummm, how many times have we heard this same lie from various intelligence agencies about our data?
Who you trust with your children is of paramount importance. And in the age of information, that question has extended to who do you trust with your children’s data as well? Threats lurk all over the internet and many parents are wising up and taking precautions to keep their children’s photos and personal information offline.
That being said, many parents are still under the impression that government agencies, specifically policing departments, can be trusted carte blanche. It should be true. These are the people you must rely on if your child is in danger after all, and it is supposed to be their job to keep all of us safe.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Agencies like the FBI are plagued by all of the corruption found in every other area of government—perhaps even more so because of the sheer amount of power and lack of accountability these actors face.
There’s a reason our Founders took pains to protect our privacy from the government, enshrining this right in the Fourth Amendment. That right has been severely eroded over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t mean we should help them along and hand over information, especially that of our kids.