In a speedy update to my last post....... here's a really interesting article about the implementation of Facial Recognition - this time in schools.
Again, more questions.... how do we balance privacy with the necessity to keep our children safe. And is the technology infallible? What happens if it isn't. Where is the data stored, who can access it and what happens to it after the child has left the school.
On the other hand we are 6 weeks into 2020. In the USA in those 6 weeks five have died and eight have been injured in 14 separate shooting incidents on school grounds.
The biggest question is... would Facial recognition have prevented those deaths?
Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools A district in New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns. Lockport High School in Lockport, N.Y., has adopted a facial recognition system for security. Jim Shultz tried everything he could think of to stop facial recognition technology from entering the public schools in Lockport, a small city 20 miles east of Niagara Falls. But a few weeks ago, he lost. The Lockport City School District turned on the technology to monitor who’s on the property at its eight schools, becoming the first known public school district in New York to adopt facial recognition, and one of the first in the nation. The district, said Mr. Shultz, 62, “turned our kids into lab rats in a high-tech experiment in privacy invasion.”