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Connecticut Schools Consider RFID Program

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

August 26, 2010

One Connecticut community is considering RFID monitoring in an effort to "keep students safe and save the district money," New Canaan Patch reports. New Canaan, CT, is considering embedding RFID into student ID cards to monitor student locations, the report states. According to New Canaan Board of Education Chair Nick Williams, the primary use of RFID would be student safety as the school has an open campus. Privacy of RFID is a major concern, said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steven Swerdlick, noting, "We will have to be thoroughly satisfied there is no negative impact on privacy and safety." Participation in the program would be voluntary, the report states.
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