This page discusses four situations in which individuals are being unlawfully asked for private information. It would be beneficial for many individuals to push back against these intrusions and spread the word that these violations are occurring.
- Newborn Genetic Screening Mandate
- Newborn DNA
- Birth Certificates
- Health Care Questionnaires
Newborn (Genetic Screening)
“Every state has a mandatory newborn screening program to test for serious genetic traits and disorders in newborns. However, no consent is required to have them done. ” – Read more the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom website. In Minnesota you can OPT-OUT of this screening, due to previous successful lawsuits brought against the state government.
Newborn DNA Storage
“Many states, including Minnesota store the newborn’s DNA and share it with researchers without parent consent, indefinitely. Parents are also not told about the storage of their baby’s blood spots (DNA). state health departments have begun to store newborn blood spots (Baby DNA) and newborn genetic test results and claim them as state government property. The test results are placed in a state laboratory database (genetic registry). In Minnesota, there are more than 1.5 million children listed with their genetic test results in the state’s database. There are over 900,000 Minnesota children whose DNA is warehoused by the State with at least 70,000 children added per year. The primary purpose for long-term storage of baby DNA and newborn genetic test results is research.” – Read more at the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom website here and here.
“In the past, a child’s birth certificate was relatively simple, with basic data such as name and sex of child, name of mother and/or father, home address, name of hospital, city of birth, and date of birth. Today, using the child’s birth as an opportunity, states collect a wide array of data, from various medical forms, on children, mothers and families, such as education levels, race, behaviors, last employment and income. “Birth Certificate Worksheets,” labor, delivery, prenatal and mother’s medical records are used to gather the data. This data is used to conduct research and analysis without parent consent.” – Read more at the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom website.
Health Care Questionnaires
Learn about those pesky and lengthy questionnaire forms that have little to do with your actual treatment or diagnosis – you have the right to refuse.
Have you noticed that the census questions continue to become more invasive?They ask questions about –
- your disabilities
- your income
- where you get income from
- your housing costs
- how many cars you own
- how much you pay for insurance
- if you receive food stamps
- if you pay for utilities
The constitutions allows us to be counted once every ten years, and not more. For the government to interact with you in this way (census), the constitution must give the government authorization to do that. The government does not have authorization to demand private information from you, or even your name.
Here are a few questions that the census bureau has been asked but has declined to answer:
- From where does the census bureau derive authority to demand private information?
- Is there a limit to the amount or type of private information that the census bureau may demand?
- The fourth amendment prohibits government search and seizure (of private information), without a warrant based on probably cause. Current census policies violate that, correct?
- By what constitutional authority does the census bureau threaten penalties for failure to provide private information?
- The bureau claims it maintains privacy of private information. Are there circumstances under which law enforcement or agencies can access this information?
- Since census data may be subpoenaed, may individuals refuse to answer questions under the fifth amendment?
- with what constitutional authority has the bureau decided to collect GPS coordinate for every home?
- Every government database has been hacked or compromised. Would the census bureau’s claim to data security be a falsehood or highly improbable?
- How would the bureau locate, protect and compensate individuals whose data becomes compromised?