[LINK] RFID Tagging of Children

Geoffrey Ramadan gramadan at umd.com.au
Mon Oct 23 00:00:17 AEST 2006

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> Others please jump in here.
> At 08:36 PM 22/10/2006, Geoffrey Ramadan wrote:
>> Jan I am trying to understand how do you weigh up differing and 
>> conflicting "rights".
>> Does the greater need  for safety, outweigh privacy issues?
> That is the choice of the individual, I reckon. I may choose to risk 
> 'safety' to retain an ability to travel without being surveilled. The 
> comparison here is a straw man because we have already agreed it is a 
> dumb system and wouldn't achieve the goal anyway. The bargain is a no 
> brainer. I won't trade my privacy for a smoke and mirrors promise of 
> something that won't be delivered. The exchange is unbalanced.
> In other circumstances the choice must be maintained. For example, 
> tagging children may be acceptable to some paranoid parents. But 
> others would never subject their children to being cattle (e-sheep, 
> given the latest stories from the agriculture arena).

If I can digress here and relay a real requirement proposed to us:
a) Organisation A - is running a large event with minors (mainly under 
18) (no parents, only supervisors)
b) Organisation A - wants efficient system to ensure its duty of care 
obligations are met
In particular
- Ensuring all Minors go and return from various day events
- Ensuring "correct" parents pick up minors
Also, system required to
- Ensure food rations supplied
- Any special dietary requirements noted and observed
- Able to look up any health needs in case of emergency.

Our customer wanted to supply RFID tags to the minors for the duration 
of the event.
Would anyone have any issues in this provided the principles outlines in:
were followed?

As a parent, would you object to this?

Geoffrey Ramadan B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Association (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)

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