October 10, 2012 U.S., Youth & Schools
John Fontana reports:
In Carroll County, Md., school students as young as five years old are using their palm prints to pay for lunch.
In the name of efficiency, a student’s print identifies them and records a charge for their meal. Some parents aren’t happy, and are joining a growing debate over the privacy implications and best practices for the use of biometrics.
The school flap is playing out in three other states that are using the palm-reading system first adopted last year by a Florida school district. In addition, one large California school district will start using fingerprint readers to track students getting on and off buses, and there is iris scanning technology being touted for the same use.
Read more on ZDNet.
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