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Student Attendance Program Raises Concerns

RFID—U.S.

April 26, 2013

A pilot program in Georgia designed to track children on their way to school using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is raising concerns among some privacy advocates. International Business News reports on the pilot program announced by East Coast Diversified, a company that specializes in “student transportation and class attendance management systems.” Andrej Jeremic, director of marketing and business development for the company, said, “We don’t track students…We watch for anomalies.” A similar program has been scrutinized in Texas. A representative from the Electronic Privacy Information Center said, “What you’re doing is telling kids it’s normal to be tracked.”
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