Missouri lawmakers push electronic privacy, again
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A new Missouri law banning schools from electronically tracking students is part of a recent national push among states to increase privacy protections.
The Missouri Legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill this past week.
Schools will be prohibited from requiring students to carry "radio frequency identification technology" in order to track their location.
The Legislature also in May referred a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot aimed at protecting electronic communications from unreasonable searches and seizures. Voters passed it overwhelmingly in August.
Experts on electronic privacy issues say the efforts by Missouri lawmakers are part of a larger push by states to protect personal data.
Missouri efforts follow reports of massive government surveillance efforts that brought national attention to privacy concerns.