Texas school to track its students' every moves via RFID chips

In a completely normal and unproblematic move, a school district in San Antonio, Texas has decided to insert wireless radiofrequency identification (RFID) chips into its student's ID cards so it can track the children at all times! It's OK, though, because this will help combat a problem the district has: it keeps losing children.

As these things often are, it's a money issue: schools are funded by attendances, so this will help the school know where the kids are at all times.

"We want to harness the power of technology to make schools safer, know where our students are all the time in a school, and increase revenues," school district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.

The obvious problems here are numerous, ranging from privacy issues to logic issues (children aren't exactly the best at not losing things, especially identification cards that track their every move) to safety (oh, I forgot, nothing on the Internet ever falls into the wrong hands).

I feel like this requires some obligatory 1984 reference, but I won't make one. Just hope the kids stay away from classroom 101. Oh, darn it.

Via CNET


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