The Defense Department yesterday began working with a private marketing firm to create a database of all U.S. college students as well as high-school students between ages 16 and 18, to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment....The firm chosen, BeNow, publishes no information on principals on its website -- no names at all. There isn't even an accessible address. (There is a link, it doesn't work in Firefox.) The Wakefield, MA company is highlighted in a CRM (customer relationship management) directory, which identifies it as privately held with 80 employees; leadership: Brad Neuenhaus, President and CEO ; Tom McGinley, COO; and Ed Connor, CTO .
Privacy advocates said the plan, by using private firms, appeared to be an effort to circumvent laws that restrict the government's right to collect or hold citizen information.
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