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City Launches Student Data Cards

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

October 28, 2010

Civil liberties advocates are voicing concern about a pilot program that will assign Massachusetts public school students a single card to be used for access to multiple city services, The Boston Globe reports. The BostONEcard, launched today, will be used to take school attendance and for access to public transportation, library books, school meals and after school programs, among other applications. The program aims to raise school attendance and give children access to city services, but the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union questions whether the card data could be subpoenaed by law enforcement agencies or given to marketing companies. "This may not be Big Brother, but it certainly feels like Little Brother," she said.
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