LSum
Who will have access to the BEST National Directory? It seems that giving out personal contact information should be an individual's choice, not a requirement for participating (or helping) with a team.
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jgraber
>Who will have access to the BEST National Directory? 
The Registration page shows this line:

If you are under 13 years of age, your parents must register you.

BEST will never sell or share your information with other organizations.

The NON personal information collected is important for BEST, so that we and our donors can understand the demographics of the people supporting or supported by BEST:  team#,  hub name, gender, age, grade, ethnicity, economic(lunch)
  For example, some org has grants to support STEM Education for women by women;  BEST can't have success in applying for that grant without data to show we have female students, and female mentors.

The personal contact information required at Registration is first/last name, and email.

> It seems that giving out personal contact information should be an individual's choice, not a requirement for participating (or helping) with a team.
  
Yes, privacy.  I'm sympathetic to your concern.  However, 
- Most other orgs that provide free tech services want similar information,  so it is pretty common these days, for people to give up some privacy to get "free" services. 
- It is a privacy teaching opportunity as well.  Since so many "free" goods and services require an email contact, you could suggest that students/mentors  create a new email address just for BEST, (or even a new one for every different free stuff).
  Many HS students already have various email different address: one personal social stuff, another for junk mail, and another "professional looking email" that their guidance counselors insist on, to apply for jobs and colleges ('professional' like name.i.last27@, rather than cool_dudez_27@)
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