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A tech company with ties to a school district plans to test a tracking system by putting computer chips on grade-schoolers' backpacks, an experiment the ACLU ripped Monday as invasive and unnecessary.
The pilot program set to start next week in the Middletown school district would have about 80 children put tags containing radio frequency identification chips, or RFID chips, on their schoolbags. It would also equip two buses with global positioning systems, or GPS devices.
The school and parents will be able to track students on the bus, and the district hopes the program will improve busing efficiency, Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger said. The devices are intended to record only when students enter and exit the bus, and the GPS would show where the bus was on it's route.
Originally posted by argentus
Our best friends live in the States. One day, they wanted to take their girls to the mall to get some kinda custom cuddly teddy bear -- a cute idea in that they could choose themselves the way it looked, accessories, etc. BUT! They called us, saying that the salesperson mentioned AFTER the bears were made that they came with a chip to track the bear, should the child ever become lost/missing.