ICO warns school facial recognition use could violate GDPR

31/01/2023 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published details of a letter sent to North Ayrshire Council outlining its concerns over nine schools in the county using facial recognition technology (FRT) in their canteens, which it warns may violate the UK General Data Protection Regulation. In a statement, the ICO said: "New technologies such as FRT can offer benefits and efficiencies, but their use is not without risk from a data protection point of view. That risk is heightened where children's data is being processed." The ICO advised North Ayrshire Council to improve data minimisation and data accuracy when considerring similar initiatives in the future.

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