Loss of Privacy

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In an effort to increase campus security, TSU will require students, faculty and staff to wear Identification Cards while on campus. This is part of a broader effort to increase campus safety for the University community.

After a spate of break-ins and vandalism, officials at the university instituted the new ID requirement as a way to ensure safety on campus, a TSU release said.

So, instead of doing some actual police work to find those responsible or admitting that break-ins and vandalism happen all the time all over the world and not all are solvable, they institute draconian measures to track everyone.

“Our primary concern is always to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, employees and visitors,” said Dr. Curtis Johnson, associate vice president for administration, who is in charge of Emergency Management. “Safety on our campus is priority number one, and with the new policy we want to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are safe at all times.”

Notice that this is being implemented in the name of safety. Everyone is buying into “it must be a good thing” and “they’re looking out for us.”

Those at the university should also be looking into who is storing the information and for how long. Then, they might want to look at who the university is giving access to the data and how it’s going to be monetized.

If you don’t want to be tracked, you could simply make a copy of your ID, put it on display and keep the real ID in an RFID blocking wallet. That’s what the criminals are going to be doing as well as cloning IDs for whatever nefarious things they think of.

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Although the wristbands embedded with your information is real, they aren’t testing them yet outside of the medical field. The idea is that it will make security lines faster, but the airlines say they aren’t planning on implementing such a system.

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Parents and students plan on protesting the use of RFID tracking IDs that the students are required to wear. Many believe that the tags are more about money than keeping track of students.

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As another school year begins, many districts are seeing a push towards the use of biometrics to track students throughout their school day. Despite the fact that these systems can easily be thwarted, school administrations believe that biometric tracking will only be a benefit to the school district and not invasions of privacy.

Read the rest of my post at The Daily Censored.

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Although there are numerous ways around such a system, 20,000 students in the Brazilian city of Vitoria da Conquista will start wearing t-shirts with RFID microchips in them to school in an effort to keep track of them.

By 2013, all of the city’s 43,000 public school students _ aged 4 to 14 _ will be using the chip-embedded T-shirts

The “intelligent uniforms” tell parents when their children enter the school building by sending a text message to their cell phones. Parents are also alerted if kids don’t show up 20 minutes after classes begin with the following message: “Your child has still not arrived at school.”

The chips are placed underneath each school’s coat-of-arms or on one of the sleeves below a phrase that says: “Education does not transform the world. Education changes people and people transform the world.”

The T-shirts, can be washed and ironed without damaging the chips, Moraes said adding that the chips have a “security system that makes tampering virtually impossible.”

Moraes said that Vitoria da Conquista is the first city in Brazil “and maybe in the world” to use this system.

Sorry, but you’re not the first school in the world to attempt such a system. Also, no system is foolproof. There will be ways around it. That’s the nature of technology. RFID can be cloned and hacked. It will be and then the thousands of dollars the school wasted on this system will be all too clear.
This system does nothing but train an entire generation of children that it’s okay to have your every move tracked and that the state knows best for you so just follow along.

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