San Antonio district ends microchip tracking months after lawsuit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

San Antonio's Northside Independent School District recently decided to end its controversial microchip tracking program, months after a student unsuccessfully sued the district over the policy.

The district decided the program—designed to track students' attendance—was ineffective and too costly, according to the Wall Street Journal. The program required students to wear student identification badges with microchips that could track a student's location in school.

The program entered the national spotlight earlier this year after some groups argued the tracking was an invasion of privacy. Additionally, when student Andrea Hernandez faced consequences over her refusal to wear the chip, she sued the district, arguing that wearing the badge violated her religious liberties and right to privacy.

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