posted on Sep, 12 2016 @ 12:17 AM
Tonight while putting my kindergartener to bed we were discussing school. He told me that he has to scan his fingerprint (thumb) if he wants to eat
lunch at school. WHAT!? I wasn't sure if he was telling me the truth, as he's at the age where imagination runs wild and when I prodded him more the
story got a little convoluted where he told me he had to scan all his fingers (still have to verify this one). Anyways, I know he wouldn't have just
made up the thumb print thing so I went to the school website to see if I could find out more information and there was nothing that I could find. I
clicked on the links for lunch and they were broken for some reason. So I do some digging at what do you know, I found
article from 4 days
ago. Further to read I see that my son is actually in one of the mentioned school districts participating in this fingerprint scanning deal.
I think what I'm most upset about is that I was not given any notification or asked for my permission for them to just go around taking his biometric
data. In the precarious digital age we are living in, where hackers can steal a persons identity and wreak havoc, not to mention other possible
nefarious uses it just really bothers me.
When I became a US citizen this year, I had to give up all my biometric information. The difference here is that I consented, as a grown adult, to
release that information in exchange for becoming a US citizen. I also have an expectation (probably unfounded) that the government will handle my
biometrics in such a way as to protect my identity from hackers etc. I don't want to imagine what protocols are not in place to protect the biometric
data of children at a local school district. My child is 5 years old, and therefore does not have the mental capacity to decide whether or not he
should give up this personal data and to whom, and what it is worth giving up for. What in exchange does he get? A free lunch?! That is the value they
have placed on my sons biometric data.
Do any of you other parents have experience with this? I contacted my sons teacher for clarification and more information as I only just found out
about this tonight. Not really sure how I should go about dealing with this, or if there is anything I can even do seeing as I have zero information
(at least from his school) about it, only what I can gather from the article.
Today, if someone hacks one of your online accounts you just change your password. If someone steals your bank card, you just cancel it and get
another one and so on. But if someone managed to steal and use your biometric data you can’t change your fingerprints. You can’t alter your
retinas or modify your DNA. The fact that these characteristics are fixed is why they are used in crime detection, but using them for information
security is dubious. Worst still you leave a biometric trail wherever you go, everything you touch, every piece of skin or hair that falls leaves
biometric information about you. Again that is why it is so useful for solving crimes, but you wouldn’t go around leaving fragments of your
passwords everywhere would you?