Boston school card program raises privacy concerns

October 28, 2010

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BOSTON—Civil libertarians are raising privacy concerns about a plan by Boston public schools to issue cards to students that could be used for a variety of services from riding the bus, to borrowing library books, to accessing meal programs.

Carol Rose, executive director of the state American Civil Liberties Union, says she's concerned that information from the cards' use could be used to track students, given to law enforcement agencies, or even for commercial purposes.

She says school officials have no right to know where students go, or what they read.

School officials tell The Boston Globe the BostONEcard is intended open new opportunities for students and reduce absenteeism.

The cards will be issued to 530 students in grades 6 through 12 on Thursday as part of a pilot program.


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