On Monday a dozen schools across Ayrshire will introduce facial recognition cameras for the payment of school meals.
Staff say that the technology is being introduced to reduce waiting times and as a Covid-safe alternative to their current payment method.
The move has sparked a fierce backlash from privacy campaigners.
“It’s normalising biometric identity checks for something that is mundane. You don’t need to resort to airport style [technology] for children getting their lunch,” said Silkie Carlo of the campaign group Big Brother Watch.