Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has recently vetoed a bill that would have banned tracking public school students by tagging their backpacks with RFID chips.
In defense of his veto Governor Carcieri offered that the tags could help save lives in events such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks. They could even be useful for keeping track of students on routine field trips.
Supporters of the bill, like Sen. Frank A. Ciccone III, D-Providence, are calling “big brother,” and argue that the tags could provide information to the wrong people. Ciccone also questioned the logic of tracking students’ backpacks, which are very often separate from their owners.
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