Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Should public school students be compelled to wear radio tracking beacons?
In response to the threat to privacy, civil liberties, and human dignity posed by plans by a San Antonio public school district to start requiring students to wear badges with RFID chips so that their movements can be tracked throughout the schools (or wherever anyone else sets up an RFID reader), I've joined with a coalition of privacy, human rights, and technology experts in a joint Position Paper on the Use of RFID in Schools issued today by Spychips.com. [Update: Latest version of the statement with additional endorsers.]
There's more about today's joint statement, and the San Antonio plan for tracking students (""we've got to know who is where in that school at all times", although nothing in the technology or the law limits the use of the RFID badges and tracking system to school premises), on the Identity Project blog at PapersPlease.org. As I say there, "Compulsory tracking by a government agency (a public school district) of the movements of individuals who cannot opt out or withdraw consent, and who are required to be in the school building where RFID readers have been deployed, is a worst-case scenario of how RFID technology shouldn"t be used."Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 21:05 ( 9:05 PM)