"A Sydney high school recently introduced fingerprint technology to “help
narrow down” students who were vandalising school toilets.
Under the plan, students needed to to scan their fingerprints to get access to
the toilets or pick-up a swipe card if they opted out.
Some parents were supportive, but other parents and digital rights advocates
raised privacy and security concerns. The NSW Education Department has since
noted the school is still considering how it will handle anti-social behaviour
and the community will be “consulted”.
While the fingerprint plan appears to have stalled, it shows how easily
biometric technology can be introduced into schools.
This debate may seem new to Australian parents but it is set to become an
increasing issue, thanks to a rapidly growing education technology (“edtech”)
How is biometric data being used in schools and what questions do parents need
*** Xanni ***
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