French school looking to track students is this legal?
A French school has announced that it would like students to carry Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices so teachers always know where they are, especially if they are not in class.
The Lycée Rocroy Saint-Vincent de Paul, a private Catholic high school in Paris, has reportedly introduced a new policy requiring students to carry the keychain tracking devices, which were created by French startup New School. The little fob will be connected to a smartphone app so teachers can instantly take class attendance, and make sure the students are all accounted for during field trips, gym class, and emergency drills, and aren’t hiding in the bathroom instead.
You can’t “accidentally” forget your fob at home, either. Or you can, but it will cost you: The school will fine a pupil $12 for lost or misplaced fobs, or those left at home.
What gets tricky here is that parents were not consulted with regarding this new policy. Also, how legal is this without parent consent? You can expect this to be used more if it is a success at this school by other institutions around the world. It's still too early to tell.
Source: BBC News
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