A grade school in Sutter, California is using a contactless system to automate attendance taking procedures and better secure students and facilities. Some parents have voiced concerns and garnered the attention of both the ACLU and the press. While the system is readily comparable to those used on college campuses around the country (though much less sophisticated), the way the system is being conceptually ‘framed’ is adding to the fire. In an AP article, the system is described as relying “on the same radio frequency and scanner technology that companies use to track livestock …”
The article goes on to note that parents fears include, “In addition to the privacy concerns, parents are worried that the information on and inside the badges could wind up in the wrong hands and endanger their children, and that radio frequency technology might carry health risks.”
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