California school kid tags recap

June 02, 2005

Wired has a summary of the recent California school kid tag-experiment:

To this town of 2,885 people [Sutter, California], the RFID badges came to represent the evil a new technology can bring. They were the incarnation of the surveillance society. Parents bridled at the idea of their kids being tracked. It was dehumanizing, an invasion of privacy, and potentially dangerous (someone might use RFID readers to target a child on the street). The radio signal might pose a health hazard. The tags, some suggested, might even be the biblical mark of the beast. Graham [Principal Earnie Graham of Brittan Elementary School] spent days holed up in his tiny office inside the white and gray one-story school building, trying to quell concern. The next newsletter assured parents that "the chip does not have any radioactive elements."
See our previous coverage here: Tracking students with RFID not popular with parents

Posted by andersja


I notice few comments. Do not let this discourage you. Keep on keepin' on. We need to know about the plans for this stuff. It's downright Orwellian. You know about the RFID on liscence plates in UK, yes?

Good luck

Posted by: Kage at June 4, 2005 02:19 AM

Can anyone identify the company that was used to install the RFID system in Sutter, CA ?

Posted by: Hugo Barlow at June 5, 2005 09:27 PM

Hugo, the chip used is manufactured by InCom Corp., a local company co-founded by the parent of a former Brittan student.

Posted by: Anders at June 5, 2005 11:07 PM
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