Saturday, February 12, 2005


A school in California is implementing RFID tags in their student IDs. The standard outrage ensues. I just don't see the problem. It would be one thing if every citizen were required to wear GPS tracking devices. This ain't that- you have to be in fairly close proximity to the readers, and all it is is a number. It's Mobile SpeedPass. What extra information is garnered by the school administration by doing this? Nothing. It simply makes a system more efficient and less error prone. And why do I think these parents would be even more outraged should their little precious skip school and befall some harm, and the school didn't know it?

Finally, the problem isn't the technology, it's what is done with it. Make sure your school administrator isn't a Nazi, and the problem is solved.


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