Plans to use facial recognition technology across US schools sparks concern

Last week, it was reported that the Lockport city district in New York was going to be the first in the US to implement facial recognition technology in schools.It was initially planned to be used as a security measure to identify people who could potentially be a threat to school safety, in response to the rise in school shootings in the country.The district was set to begin using the Aegis facial recognition system this week as a pilot project, planning to make it fully operational by September 1 when the new school year begins.In a letter to parents, superintendent Michelle Bradley said, “Much to our dismay, school shootings continue to occur in our country. In many cases, these shootings involve students connected to the schools where these horrific incidents occur. The Lockport city school district continues to make school security a priority.”According to The Guardian, “The system is designed to detect the faces of people barred from Lockport schools, sex offenders, suspended students and staff members, and others deemed to be a threat, and alert officials if they are found on school grounds. The system can also detect guns, the district says.”

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