European Data Protection Digest

School’s Use of Tracking Raises Questions

RFID—UK

November 21, 2013

A vocational college’s use of an RFID tracking tag is raising privacy concerns, The Guardian reports. “In a trial of up to three years, ending in February 2013, pupils at West Cheshire College wore tags that allowed them to be tracked in detail throughout the college's three campuses. The tags used a new type of ultra-wideband active RFID that provides a far more detailed picture of student and staff movements than anything available before,” the report states. The report questions whether the trial invades students’ privacy, noting that the 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act, which requires schools to obtain parental consent before processing biometric information, does not cover RFID.
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