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School Installs Facial Recognition for Roll Call

Facial recognition technology is being tested in 10 schools in Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom and may be rolled out in more schools if the trials prove successful. The system costs £9,000 (just over $14,300) and uses a camera to take 3D photos of students. Pupils must then confirm their identity by entering in a four-digit PIN code.

Though it's aimed at reducing lateness and recording absences, the faceREGISTER system from Aurora Computer Services can also deliver messages to students when they sign in and can be used to track who is in the building during emergencies.

Despite the advantages of the system, privacy advocates are worried that this is another step toward creating a surveillance state. "This is another worrying development in the expansion of the surveillance state," Big Brother Watch campaign director Daniel Hamilton told the Daily Mail. "There is no need for schools to hold such sensitive information about their pupils. Such systems have limited benefits yet are wide open to abuse – from the risk of data theft to misuse by unscrupulous individuals." Hamilton goes on to say both parents and pupils should resist "this encroachment on civil liberties."

Read the full story on the Daily Mail.

*Image credit: Daily Mail

  • Raid3r
    "There is no need for schools to hold such sensitive information about their pupils. Such systems have limited benefits yet are wide open to abuse – from the risk of data theft to misuse by unscrupulous individuals."
    Yep.
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  • Parsian
    here are bunch of questions:

    1)Is there an actual benefit to student's health and performance to enforce such disciplinary measures?

    2)If yes, is there an alternative way of doing this?

    3)Who will be monitoring the other end of these devices? Who will be held responsible in case of misuse? (another case of school webcam?)
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  • biao39
    Roll call takes less than a minute for a class of 30 in my school. It also helps teacher to learn students' name in the beginning of school year. How long does it take to scan 30 students? My school don't even have money for supplies like pencils and paper. They may need to rethink their target audience.
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  • nforce4max
    Next it will be body scanners and RFID chips.
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  • I bet the Teacher unions got that shit pushed through. Now they do not even have to learn the names when they babysit for an hour.
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  • UbeRveLT
    I can see some people getting in trouble over certain "photos" they should not possess... again.
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  • klavis
    What's the point of the facial recognition software if the student is just going to put in their own id code?
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  • xnashx
    I wonder how this is going to work when kids get older. Like from freshman to senior.
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  • bombat1994
    1984 anyone
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  • teknic111
    Brittan is certainly a leader in the implementation of big brother technology. How do the citizens stand for this?
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