Biometric Data Collection and RFID Tracking in Schools: A Reasoned Approach to Reasonable Expectations of Privacy

Organization: North Carolina Law Review
Author: Stefan P. Schropp
Published: March 1, 2016
Part I provides an overview of the field of biometrics and RFID technology with emphasis on school-specific applications of the technology. Part II examines the Fourth Amendment issues raised by the proliferation of this technology in schools and details the case law that provides a foundation for analysis. Part III analyzes the competing interests under consideration in this context using the Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment framework and attempts to balance the needs of the school with the interests of the student. Finally, Part IV details the legislative responses to this point and suggests a comprehensive plan to ameliorate the concerns while preserving the benefits of these programs.