Facial recognition cameras arrive in Scotland’s school canteens
Facial recognition technology has begun scanning the faces of thousands of pupils in school canteens.
Nine schools in North Ayrshire started taking payments for school lunches by scanning pupils’ faces last week.
This new system is meant to speed up queues and be more COVID-19 secure than card payments and biometric fingerprint scanners used previously.
Privacy campaigners have expressed concern, and facial recognition practices have caused controversy in the past after being used for security and attendance monitoring.
North Ayrshire council claimed that 97% of children or their parents had consented to the new system, although some parents reported that they were unsure that children had been given enough information.
The Department for Education (DoE) has shared guidance on regulating facial recognition, but schools can decide whether to use the system.