Controversy over schools tracking students with RFID chips
Does truancy program violate privacy?
- Duration 3:16
- Date Oct 15, 2012
Does truancy program violate privacy?
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Eighteen before they are now some patience and privacy advocates are blasting a couple of schools in Texas.
Was they're tracking students.
Students at a middle school -- a high school in San Antonio must now Wear ID cards embedded with the electronic chips.
The school district report the chips help them track attendance which is directly tied to state funding.
The school district spokesman says the school has no intention of spying on students but an official at the American Civil Liberties Union called -- practice dehumanizing.
What kind of lesson does -- teach our children if there chip to like cattle.
And there every movement -- We'll get to that joining us now science and technology editor Fox News dot -- recap and it might teach them what their lives as adults are going to be like.
-- UEZ pass and tracking you everywhere you go with your cell -- Big Brother always knows where we -- he can even give us a traffic ticket without being there -- it's true it's true.
But I looked are going to point out here there's tracking and then there's track.
Right so we have GPS signals that being from tens of thousands of miles away -- and then there these tiny little things called RFID chips which is what they're talking about here.
-- been for only a few feet maybe eight yarder to at most -- as soon as the student leaves the school grounds they are no longer track they are off the grid here.
We're also not talking about constant continuous monitoring and thought every footprint that that every step in every pace that the child makes they're being watched it's not going to be like that they claim.
I think what we here's to set some guidelines set in place determine what they can and can't do.
So as you go into a classroom for instance that would be noted by this computer.
So so much like.
There is not as far as I know a drone distracting me from intersection intersection -- -- you -- speed as far as I know they just have cameras in certain intersections so it's kind of like life.
Exactly and that the but now they're -- what -- very -- there's also the potential for a lot of abuse here -- and that's would have raised concern about a number of privacy groups who said we need to really slow back on this there's too much potential for -- and -- in the so much for example I will get on it you know something had trackers in the bathroom how -- your student on the toilet I mean this is not.
This is very potential.
But obviously something nobody wants to have happen.
The list could go on from there.
I don't think that's what they're going to do.
And and also this is the school we're talking about we're already placing a lot of faith and trust in these schools -- -- -- have to back up and rely on that trust the school probably probably.
Is not going abuse that it what what the school is is trying to do.
-- everything and it makes sense.
Is prove our attendance is what we're saying it is our attendance is exactly now.
But these are cards right.
-- there's a cart -- so if I want to.
I can -- my buddy my card.
And -- my attendance is tracked and I'm good to go in there is it true.
And after that's happening on every every single -- are definitely not what the economic and there may be written as the Internet and perhaps some -- -- thumb -- to get in and out of buildings in and out of classrooms in and out of athletic facilities engines there's another -- I think is another aspect to this as well which is that.
Got for a distance of emergency you know there's a fire in the schools a lot of smoke how to keep track on who's where.
This is one easy way to say we're missing three kids boom boom boom there they are eaten unless they drop their court on the way or -- to their friend and engagement knowing -- and rights and well -- he's been in the bathroom for nine hours I think.
No Johnny dropped his court that's the risk right Jeremy thank you.