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Texas School District’s Tracking Devices Spark Controversy

SAN ANTONIO (November 26, 2012)—The website of the Northside ISD in San Antonio has been hacked in protest of its policy requiring students to wear microchip-embedded cards tracking their every move.

A teenager purportedly working with the hacker group Anonymous claims he took down the Northside school district's site Saturday.

The site was still down Sunday.

District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said he can't confirm that it was hacked.

Starting this fall, all students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School were required to carry identification cards embedded with a microchip.

The dozens of electronic readers installed in the schools’ ceiling panels track them.

Northside officials say they've been testing the tracking system to increase attendance in order to secure more state funding.

The technology eventually could be used at all of Northside's 112 campuses.


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