Earlier this year, Northern Arizona University announced plans to use wireless ID card reader technology — the description sounds like radio frequency identification (RFID) technology — to track student attendance in classes, and I discussed my objections.
Those were college students. Now, the Houston Chronicle reports that two school districts in Texas (the Spring and Santa Fe school districts) are using RFID badges to track kids.
Identification badges for some students in both school districts now include tracking devices that allow campus administrators to keep tabs on students’ whereabouts on campus. School leaders say the devices improve security and increase attendance rates. […]
But some parents and privacy advocates question whether the technology could have unintended consequences. The tags remind them of George Orwell’s Big Brother, and they worry that hackers could figure a way to track students after they leave school. Identity theft and stalking could become serious concerns, some said. […] Read more »