Thursday, May 26, 2011

Using WiFi to Record Student Attendance

I can see why colleges would want to do this, but it does open up a large can of worms - privacy, user-tracking, etc.

Wi-Fi Attendance

plans at De Montfort University may give students pause for thought about the virtues of an ever-present Internet connection: the institution is considering using its network to monitor attendance via electronic chips in students' ID cards.

Other universities have introduced electronic attendance monitoring, but an automated system using Wi-Fi would be unusual, and the National Union of Students warned that members would "balk at the prospect of being treated like inmates under surveillance."

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