News: Brazilian City Government Tracks Schoolchildren with Microchips

26 Mar

Of course, it is all for a good cause: making sure they don’t skip school. School uniforms are embedded with microchips to notify parents when children do not attend school. The privacy problems associated with this program are mind-boggling. The government can track the students anywhere they go while in uniform. This type of intimate knowledge of children’s lives sets a dangerous precedent. A government that tracks people initially tracks them “for their own good.” Even then, the system is rife with the potential for abuse. How long before the program is expanded to prevent citizens from crossing a border, or going anywhere the government does not want them to go? I hope our schools do not get any bright ideas from the Brazilian program.

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Government, liberty, News


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One response to “News: Brazilian City Government Tracks Schoolchildren with Microchips

  1. Gina

    March 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Good research! This is indeed a dangerous precedent. It is ironic though that most people are already walking around with mobile GPS devices in their cell phones and can be tracked by entering their phone number on certain websites. It is also reported that unless the battery is out of a cell phone that a third party can listen. I looked this up once and found a fox news segment about it. Keep up your research and keep informing!


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