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India: Biometric device deployment at schools not on schedule

Friday, August 17, 2012

Biometrics were supposed to come to Nashik, India this year, as all ashramshalas and tribal schools were to install the devices to record attendance for students, teachers, employees and officials. However, as the August 15 deadline approached, about ten percent of establishments still weren’t finished with the installation.

As reported by the Times of India, the 3,177 establishments have all received the appropriate equipment for the project, but just over 50 establishments still had to upload the data onto the machines.

The school commissioner contends that more than half of the establishments are already recording biometric data, and that the lagging buildings were mainly in remote areas. The school system has also discovered that in remote areas, data may have to be collected through USB drives and uploaded at central locations.

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Biometric data of more than 7,000 students has been obtained by secondary schools in Cornwall, United Kingdom, according to the Cornish Guardian.

In total, 12 schools have collected fingerprint data of their students using electronic scanners since the technology first came into use nearly ten years ago; these figures indicate that more than a third of secondary schools in Cornwall are using the technology.

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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The use of biometrics in schools is a hot-button issue, and one that raises significant concerns over the privacy and civil rights of young people. When conducted without the express consent of students – and more importantly their parents and guardians – the results can be disastrous. Just ask the folks at the Polk County School District.

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The use of biometrics in schools is once again the topic of debate in the Florida legislature, with lawmakers considering a proposal that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information – including fingerprints, handprints, iris and voice.

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