Biometrics may be banned in Florida schools, but flourish elsewhere

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Monday, March 10, 2014

State lawmakers are moving speedily to ban its use on schoolchildren, but the use of biometric identification isn’t going away.

Biometrics uses physical characteristics that can be measured — fingerprints, irises, voices — to identify a person. At its most basic, even a photo ID badge is a biometric identifier.

The example now causing a ruckus is in Pinellas County. Schools there use palm scanners to authorize withdrawals from pre-paid accounts, moving lunch lines faster and giving students more time to eat.

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