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Opinion: Location-Based Microchips Put Kids at Risk

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

September 14, 2010

A San Francisco Chronicle editorial says a child tracking initiative that uses microchips to take attendance has created "very real privacy and safety concerns." One county's Head Start program is complying with federal requirements that it take attendance every hour using the Child Location, Observation and Utilization Data System (CLOUDS), which outfits the children in jerseys embedded with electronic locator chips. But school officials aren't the only ones capable of picking up the chips' signals; research has shown that informed criminals, for example, can trace the signals, too. "This isn't the right solution," the report states. "The privacy and safety of these very young children must outweigh the inconvenience of their teachers."
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