A Texas school district has placed powered RFID-like transponders on ID’s which students must wear or face serious “consequences”, according to school officials. Under the new policy, students who refuse will be fined, expelled or involuntarily transferred.
Besides issues with monitoring of free association, speech and regulation of free exercise of rights within the school system, critics point out safety issues. Quoting the article quote an advocate:
“After paying a $30 fee with the FOIA request I was able to get every student’s name and address,” Fazio explained. “Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere.”