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Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Students in England school to be fingerprinted for monitoring diets

A school in England is implementing a biometric system to better track what students are eating each day.

The Express & Star reports that students at Redhill School in Stourbridge, England will be fingerprinted and tracked in an attempt to “monitor pupils’ diets” and possibly reduce lunch lines.

photo Charles Fettinger via Flickr

photo Charles Fettinger via Flickr

Students will press a finger against a machine scanner which reads the biometric data and this information will be used to identify individual students’ accounts.

“We are aiming to have a cashless system throughout the school. The catering system is better for parents because they don’t have to provide children with lunch money every morning. From our perspective it is far more efficient as it reduces waiting times….We will also be able to monitor what children are buying to make sure they are eating a healthy diet,” Headteacher Stephen Dunster wrote to parents.

This isn’t a strange plan in America as some schools attempted to implement palm scanners for similar purposes, but were met with parent anger or technological problems.

Washington’s Puyallup School District spent $38,695 on devices that would map the veins in a student’s palm, and then use that data as a school lunch account identifier. District employees claimed “human error and fraud” necessitated the palm scanners.

“If the school district needs my signature in order to obtain my daughter’s photograph and use that photograph in publication because of a privacy issue, then I believe I should have to sign an authorization to use my child’s identity … for them to do that,” said parent Christina Allen, EAGnews reported.

“To hear those words vein recognition program… it’s very invasive to me,” Allen said.

A group of New York engineers announced the development of a “biometric classroom.”

According to developers at SensorStar Labs, cameras that track students’ eye movements, conversations and even smiles will supposedly help teachers improve classroom learning.

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