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Student RFID Tags Transmit Constant Signal

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.

October 9, 2012

While some companies fight revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and others continue to violate it, the tracking of students through RFID badges and surveillance cameras is increasing, reports AlterNet. As of October 1, a Texas school system outfitted students at two of its campuses with badges containing RFID chips that transmit a constant signal so students can be tracked throughout the day—unlike more commonly used RFID badges that only transmit data when scanned. Privacy and civil rights activists say the badges contravene the students’ right to free speech as they can monitor which kids spend time together.
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