Fingerprint biometrics streamline the school lunch process and the kids love it.
The quote from the ACLU spokesman really got my attention.
Judd Golden, chairman of the Boulder County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the whole question of safeguards in the technology is critical.Rather than knee-jerk reactions, these are exactly the kinds of questions concerned citizens should be asking. Kudos to Mr. Golden.
"Parents ask, 'Who's got my child's data?'" he said. "Do they have safeguards against possible misuse of that data? It's collecting discreet, personal identifying information, and that data is not necessarily under the control of the district but a third-party vendor."
One more observation:
Despite the obligatory addition of "critics worry about data security" to the headline, no critics are actually quoted in the article. Perhaps the author was referring to the several parents who were upset that the school acted without a proper give-and-take with the public. If that's the kind of critics that adopters of biometric identity management techniques are up against, then that's a situation that can be managed around a civil, rational dialogue.