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Europe Data Protection Digest | Students using facial recognition to pay for school lunches, ICO to intervene Related reading: ‘Crunch time’ on EU GDPR enforcement




  • The Financial Times reports schools in the U.K. are using facial-recognition technology to take payments for students’ school lunches. Nine schools in North Ayrshire, Scotland, began using the technology and more schools are anticipated to follow. Officials say the technology reduces transaction times and is more secure than card payments and fingerprint scans.  
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office said it will be inquiring about the use of the technology and urged a "less intrusive" approach, The Guardian reports. "Data protection law provides additional protections for children, and organisations need to carefully consider the necessity and proportionality of collecting biometric data before they do so," an ICO spokesperson said.

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