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New student IDs grant access to dorms and combat identity theft

CampusIDNews Staff   ||   Sep 10, 2010  ||   ,

Tufts University in Boston is issuing new IDs to students that will bring more features and added technology, according to The Tufts Daily, an independent student newspaper at the university.

The new IDs will institute separate student ID and JumboCash numbers for juniors and seniors who still have a single number for both purposes, bringing Tufts in compliance with a 2008 Massachusetts law aimed at combating identity theft.

Under the law, financial data must be kept separate from personal information. Since JumboCash numbers are linked to stored-value accounts, they are classified like credit cards under the law and must be kept distinct from student ID numbers.

The new IDs will also feature an internal chip to facilitate access to dorms, and replace the university’s previously used fob technology. The university also plans to expand the use of the IDs, enabling them to be scanned via a simple tap instead of requiring a swipe.

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