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Biometrics In Schools – Some Perspective

Biometric Scanner Use At Schools Prompt Parent Concerns (10TV Ohio)

Central Ohio schools’ use of new technology has prompted safety concerns for some parents, 10TV’s Tanisha Mallett reported Tuesday.

Biometric scanners store information that can be accessed when a finger touches a scanner.

Tina, a mother of a middle school student, said that she was concerned about privacy rights.

“To me, this is a total civil rights violation for myself and for my child,” said Tina, who did not want to use her last name.

Stories like this are a lot rarer than they used to be, still…

If schools are unable to keep data secure, biometric template information is the last thing that should concern parents.

Schools also keep academic records, behavioral records, medical records, socio-economic assessments for administering school lunch programs, home address information, counseling notes and a ton of other information that is much more sensitive than a fingerprint template consisting of a string text characters that cannot be used to learn anything about a student.

Other posts on biometrics and schools.

See: This is What a Fingerprint Template Looks Like

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