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Schools Use Badges To Track Students

RFID—U.S.

October 15, 2010

Two Texas school districts are now using RFID-enabled identification badges to allow administrators to keep tabs on students' whereabouts on campus, The Houston Chronicle reports. School leaders are pointing to the devices as a way to improve security and attendance rates, the report states, but parents and privacy advocates are warning of the potential for unintended consequences. Dotty Griffith of the ACLU of Texas suggested there are "real questions about the security risks involved with these gadgets," adding, "To the best of my knowledge, these things are not foolproof. We constantly see cases where people are skimming, hacking and stealing identities from sophisticated systems."
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