American Samizdat

Thursday, October 25, 2007. *
With the federal government lagging behind on its plans to implement the use of electronic passports, identification cards and driver’s licenses, biometric vendors are targeting a new market: schools.

But the use of biometric technology in schools, such as a system being used by Stayton Middle School’s cafeteria, has some parents and privacy advocates condemning the move as outright Orwellian.

“This is biometric data collecting,” said Jann Carson, the associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Portland. “It’s the ‘Big Brother’ theory. The last thing we should do is teach parents and their young children to be casual about turning over personal data, like a fingerprint, just for the sake of speeding up a lunch line.”

Generational incrementalism...slowly ever so slowly but dead on steady..they'll get there.
posted by Uncle $cam at 1:03 AM
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