Preschoolers Learn About Electronic Privacy–Firsthand

Published on September 14, 2010
by Michael Rothfeld

The latest front in the fight over electronic privacy doesn’t involve sex offenders, terrorism, or insider trading. In one California community, the battleground is preschool.

The conflict surrounds a one-year pilot program at the George Miller III Head Start center in Richmond, a suburb of San Francisco.

Funded by a $50,000 grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program would, according to a San Jose Mercury News story here, outfit 200 preschoolers with shirts tagged with electronic locator devices, so teachers can monitor their whereabouts and, apparently, what they eat.

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