Hot topic in European biometric surveillance today: @North_Ayrshire council 🇬🇧 rolls out facial authentication in 9 UK schools. A quick look at the privacy notice for the project shows a manifest disregard for the privacy & personal data of these children, not to mention that...

10:18 AM · Oct 18, 2021

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...this use case is clearly unnecessary and disproportionate, and consent is an invalid legal basis here. Biometric surveillance does not belong in schools. It belongs in the bin. Looking forward to @ICOnews stepping in!
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All the relevant documents from @North_Ayrshire are here: north-ayrshire.gov.uk/educat… And the offending privacy policy: north-ayrshire.gov.uk/Docume…
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Whilst we're on the topic, Moscow 🇷🇺 tells UK schools to hold their 🍺 by introducing a mass facial recognition system for access to the metro. Apparently, people should be reassured that only staff of the INTERIOR MINISTRY can access this data....?!?! theguardian.com/world/2021/o…
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I am one of the 3% of parents that opted out. A completely unnecessary decision by NAC they seem to be marketing as a progressive move rather than normalising surveillance and disregarding the UNICEF Rights of the Child (article 16) “unlawful interference with his or her privacy”
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Glad you opted out @RosscoMuir - and you're totally right. NAC should never have proposed this invasive system in the first place. Linking in @silkiecarlo @BigBrotherWatch @defenddigitalme who are all campaigning nationally on this issue, in case you're not in touch already!
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Facial recognition and facial verification or two different things
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I'd say facial recognition is more of a generic term, which can include verification, authentication, identification and sometimes other types of analysis. This example appears to be authentication of children via a centralised biometric database, which carries many risks.
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