Student’s Challenge to Chipped Badge Continues
RFID—U.S.January 11, 2013
Forbes reports on a Texas student’s challenge to her school district’s policy that students must wear RFID-chipped identification badges. Andrea Hernandez initially cited privacy concerns with the badges, which transmit a tracking signal at all times. The school offered Hernandez a chipless badge, a compromise she refused, arguing wearing such a badge would make it appear as though she supported the program. Judge Orlando Garcia said “The First Amendment does not protect such concerns.” The case will determine whether the school’s decision to allow the student to opt out via a chipless badge is a “reasonable accommodation,” the report states.