I was exceedingly disappointed in The Daily's coverage of the planned switch to
Husky Cards containing micropchips. They bought the spin put forth by the
administration and, in an astounding feat of logic, dismissed any privacy
concerns about the chip by assuring us that stickers "wear out quickly."
There will be a great deal of pressure from various sources to record
information about usage of the Husky Card on busses, and much of it may seem
very reasonable (e.g. to improve bus service through campus). So given that,
what assurance do we have that any information stored will be completely
untraceable to individual users? Even if given such assurance at the outset,
page 12 of The Daily in a year, which in tiny, tiny print purports to inform us
that they will now be keeping records of where individual students go and when?
The release of that private information has been widespread in recent years,
even when not done with malicious intent (recall the release of lists of AIDs
patients in Florida and the selling of cell phone records on the Internet - feel
free to Google it).
The greatest offense here, however, was the unilateral decision to make this
switch with no meaningful consultation of students - just as the Book Store
unilaterally switched from a check to merchandise credit rebate with zero
consultation of those affected. These decisions are too important for students
to be left out.
Karl D. Smith
Law Student (1L)