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Complainant Name:
Mr Andrew Stewart

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Star

Complaint:

Mr Andrew Stewart of Doncaster complained that an article was inaccurate in its description of a recently-piloted school safety device. He said that the device, an electronic chip worn inside school uniforms, would enable teachers to register pupils automatically when they entered a classroom. Teachers would also be able to call-up information about a particular pupil when their ‘chip’ was scanned. However, the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFIS) was not a ‘surveillance’ device and could not track pupils’ every move as the article suggested.

Resolution:

The newspaper published a follow-up article based on an interview with the managing director of the company which produces the RFIS. The article quoted the managing director as stating that “there’s no way whatsoever of tracking the pupils once they’re outside the school gates”.

Report: 76



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