FT – UK school canteens introduce facial recognition cameras

Big Brother Watch Team / October 19, 2021

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.

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