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    Daily Mail (UK): School installs £9,000 facial recognition cameras to stop students turning up late

    Earlier this year, I talked about my objections to Northern Arizona University’s plans to use wireless ID card reader technology — the description sounds like radio frequency identification (RFID) technology — to track student attendance in classes.

    Now the Daily Mail reports on schools in the UK going even further to track its young students.

    Cutting-edge cameras are being used to scan children’s faces as they enter school. The face-recognition technology makes sure they have turned up, records whether they were on time or late and keeps an accurate roll call. […]

    Ten schools have started using the system, which is likely to be introduced elsewhere if considered a success.

    But privacy campaigners reacted angrily yesterday, warning that the technology was another ‘encroachment on civil liberties’. […]

    But Big Brother Watch campaign director Daniel Hamilton said: ‘This is another worrying development in the expansion of the surveillance state.

    ‘There is no need for schools to hold such sensitive information about their pupils. Such systems have limited benefits yet are wide open to abuse – from the risk of data theft to misuse by unscrupulous individuals..

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