Partial Transcript: Episode 35 (RFID Tracking in Schools)

Andrew: So there was a high school girl.  Her family had an issue with the whole RFID tags and tracking where you go in the school.  So, the school told her that she couldn’t go to school.

Nick: The family sued the school because they said that they had a religious objection to being tracked.  Their problem with the RFID chips because they were “the mark of the beast.”

Virginia: They said that the tracking was “the mark of the beast.”  She was already wearing an ID badge.

Nick: They had been wearing the badges for several months, but it was the chip that bothered them.

Virginia: It says here that the chips didn’t give a specific location, just the wing of the school in which the student was located.

Nick: They track when they go through gates.

Virginia: They only work within the school campus.

Nick: That’s a lie.

Virginia: Well, you can walk past a censor outside of school, and the censor can read the tag number.  It necessarily mean anything to the sensor.

Andrew: It doesn’t have to mean anything.  You only need to track the numbers to find patterns in student movement.

Nick: That’s a major lie that the school is making.  They work everywhere.

Andrew: They only have access to the data when the students are on campus.  That doesn’t mean that you’re not being tracked elsewhere.

Virginia: Theoretically, if you were on the street with an RFID reader, you could only read the badge number.  There is no name or other information.

Nick: But you have the badge number.  Let’s say you correlate these badges to kids.  You set up something in the back of your yard so that when a kid was walking down the alley after school, you knew when they were back there.

Andrew: You’re talking high-tech pedophiles.

Nick: Yep.  Pedo’s from the future.

Andrew: I think we can all agree that that’s a big conspiracy theory.  But, it might be an idea that crosses someone’s mind.

Virginia: Well, let’s say that someone is always smashing your mailbox or something.  Happens right after school.  You don’t see it because you’re at work.  You put out an RFID reader, and now you have ten badge numbers.  Do you now subpoena the school to see who those kids are?

Andrew: Oh!  You probably could.

Nick: Would they be required to release the information?

Andrew: I don’t know.  That’s a good question.

Virginia: I love how we all look at Andrew for the answer.

Andrew: I’ll just pull it out of my ass.

Nick: We’re just looking at you because you have your shirt off.

Virginia: He doesn’t have his shirt off.

Andrew: You’re just staring because I had one sip of wine, and now my face is flushed.

Nick: It is!

Virginia: I was trying to figure out if you’re dying.

Andrew: That always happens to me… When I was in high school, they had the lanyards with your name on it.  I thought it was bullshit.

Mike: You had to wear a lanyard?

Andrew: At all times.

Mike: I had one, but I got to keep it in my wallet.

Andrew: That’s how it was before.  The most common use for the ID was checking out books at the library or paying for lunch.  This idea of wearing it bugs me.

Virginia: The reason it was promoted at my school was to tell who was supposed to be on campus and who wasn’t.

Andrew: At my school, they said it was to prevent school shootings.  At that time, most school shootings had been by faculty members or students.  The badge would do absolutely nothing to stop those from happening.

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