18/10/2021

Independent

Scottish schools install facial recognition cameras in canteens

A trial is underway across nine schools in North Ayrshire, Scotland, allowing pupils to use facial recognition to pay for school lunches. The benefit appears to be based on speeding up lunchtime sales. Many schools already use fingerprint scanners, however, facial recognition is thought to be quicker and Covid-secure. Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch said the step is "normalising biometric identity checks for something that is mundane. You don't need to resort to airport style [technology] for children getting their lunch."

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