In a move that prioritizes student privacy and addresses concerns over potential risks and biases, New York State has implemented a ban on the use of facial recognition technology in schools.

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The ban, announced by the New York State Department of Education, comes after careful consideration of privacy, civil rights, and parental input. Furthermore, the ban aims to ensure the responsible use of biometric identification technology while safeguarding the rights and well-being of students.

The use of facial recognition technology in schools has been a topic of debate due to concerns over privacy, accuracy, and potential biases. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in December 2020, placing a suspension on facial recognition technology in schools and initiating a comprehensive study. The study, conducted by the Office of Information Technology Services, raised serious concerns about the risks and limited benefits associated with facial recognition technology in an educational setting.

The New York State Department of Education, following the recommendations outlined in the biometrics report, decided to ban the purchasing or usage of facial recognition technology in schools. However, this decision allows schools to explore alternative forms of biometric identification, such as fingerprint identification, taking into account privacy considerations, civil rights, and input from parents.

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