Florida lawmakers to consider banning biometrics in schools

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Polk County parents were apoplectic last year when they discovered the school district had been scanning the irises of students’ eyes without parental permission.

The controversial practice might soon be banned.

On Tuesday, state lawmakers will take up a proposal that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information, including the characteristics of fingerprints, hands, eyes and the voice. It would affect the Pinellas County school district, which allows schools to scan the palms of students’ hands instead of accepting cash in the cafeteria, and school systems that use fingerprint scanners.

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