Schools in Scotland are testing facial recognition to allow students to pay for lunch from Monday.
The software is to be tested in nine schools in North Ayrshire, and is expected to speed up sales of lunch by the time the students’ faces are scanned.
Many schools already use biometric software, such as fingerprint recognition, to take payments, but facial recognition is billed as being faster and more Covid-secure.
David Swanston, managing director of CBR Cunningham, who installed the software, said it was “the fastest way to identify someone.”
“You have about 25 minutes to serve potentially 1,000 pupils in a secondary school. That’s why we need fast throughput at the point of sale,” he said. financial Times.
Mr. Swanston said the software cuts average transaction time per student by five seconds.
But the new system has been criticized by privacy campaigners, who say it generalizes facial recognition software where it is rarely needed and often operates without the user’s explicit consent.
Silky Carlo of the civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch said: “It’s normalizing biometric identity checks to something that’s mundane. You don’t need to resort airport-style [technology] To get the kids lunch.”
North Ayrshire Council said 97 percent of children or their parents had consented to the new system, but some parents were unsure whether children were given enough information to make their own decisions.
Facial recognition has previously been used by schools to monitor attendance and security. But England and Wales’ Biometrics Commissioner Fraser Sampson said schools should use a “less intrusive approach” if possible.
Biometric identification technology has caused an uproar elsewhere in the world after it was introduced in schools. New York state officials banned facial recognition software in schools pending an assessment of privacy implications, while a municipality in Sweden has been fined for testing such a scheme.
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