Japanese Schoolkids to Be Chipped

Tracking kids with RFID chips is now a reality

Schoolchildren to be RFID-chipped

July 08 2004
by Jo Best

The rights and wrongs of RFID-chipping human beings have been debated since the tracking tags reached the technological mainstream. Now, school authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school. The tags will be read by readers installed in school gates and other key locations to track the kids’ movements.

The chips will be put onto kids’ schoolbags, name tags or clothing in one Wakayama prefecture school. Denmark’s Legoland introduced a similar scheme last month to stop young children going astray.

The safety angle is how the government will sell the public on it. They won’t mention the potential abuses. Those warnings will be left to us in the tin-foil hat crowd.

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