Schools in North Adams, Massachusetts, will be deploying biometrics as a way to make the lunch line more efficient. Finger scanners courtesy of identiMetrics, working in tandem with the school’s POS solution called NutriKids will be replacing swipe cards.
What’s the common denominator in this? Why its money of course, private companies track and spy on your kids then send their info. to DHS/FBI the NSA etc., while reaping huge profits!
It’s Big Brother’s wet dream come true, spying on kids from birth and having their biometrics, now there will be no escaping police from knowing where & who you are.
identiMetrics fingerprint scanners claim they don’t store full fingerprints, just the information that allows them to match certain characteristics to an account expressed as a number. Can anyone say NSA? Last year the head of the NSA James Clapper lied about spying on Americans, do you really believe this line of B.S.?
Richard Alcombright, mayor of North Adams and chairman of the School Committee told iBerkshires that the complaints are not enough reason to abandon the program and technology. The biometric lunch line program is optional and parents have been sent materials explaining how the technology works. The system is expected to go live by the middle of next week.
Corey Nicholas, food service director for the public schools, said the idea was to move students through the cafeteria line more efficiently and ensure parents could accurately track their children’s lunch habits online.
The district’s “point of sale” equipment, NutriKids, supports the new biometric readers from identiMetrics.
“It’s definitely going to streamline the system and make the transactions more accurate,” said Nicholas on Tuesday. “Those that participate are able to see all those little transactions … we want to make sure those transactions are as transparent as possible.”
Parent Cara Roberts, sent a letter to Alcombright and to iBerkshires, over security concerns.
“Let us not allow our children to allow privacy to become a thing of the past. Our duty is to educate and protect them, not to catalog them like merchandise,” she wrote. “Our duty is to teach them to protect and care for their bodies. What message are we sending when we tell them their body is a means of identification, a tool for others to use to track them?”
“No child should have to have a body part scanned to get a meal! There was no problems with those swipe cards that we were ever made aware of,” wrote one parent on Facebook, who said she’d send her child with bag lunch before allowing a fingerprint scan
“This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler,” the FBI said in a statement.
The system is designed to expand biometric identification capabilities across the country to police and will replace the FBI’s current fingerprint system.
Isn’t it convenient that government run public schools are collecting kids biometrics? Adults will fair no better as DHS is forcing states to adopt a national ID drivers license or ‘enhanced drivers license’ that stores all your biometrics for authorities.
Click here, here and here to read more about DHS’s national drivers license program.
Civil-liberties groups say a national database will endanger the privacy of everyday citizens guilty of no wrongdoing.
The ACLU, EFF and others warned that the facial-recognition program has “undergone a radical transformation” since it was last vetted for privacy concerns six years ago. The lack of oversight, they said, “raises serious privacy and civil-liberties concerns.”
“One of the risks here, without assessing the privacy considerations, is the prospect of mission creep with the use of biometric identifiers,” Jeramie Scott, national security counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told National Journal in June. “It’s been almost two years since the FBI said they were going to do an updated privacy assessment, and nothing has occurred.”
Navy investigators regularly run illegally broad online surveillance operations that breach the line against military enforcement of civilian law.
“To accept that position would mean that NCIS agents could, for example, routinely stop suspected drunk drivers in downtown Seattle on the off-chance that a driver is a member of the military, and then turn over all information collected about civilians to the Seattle Police Department for prosecution,” wrote Judge Marsha Berzon for the majority.
“So far as we can tell from the record, it has become a routine practice for the Navy to conduct surveillance of all the civilian computers in an entire state to see whether any child pornography can be found on them, and then to turn over the information to civilian law enforcement when no military connection exists,” the ruling states.
“We have here abundant evidence that the violation at issue has occurred repeatedly and frequently, and that the government believes that its conduct is permissible, despite prior cautions by our court and others that military personnel, including NCIS agents, may not enforce the civilian laws.”
Just imagine what they and every government agency will do when they have your biometrics.
The FBI’s biometric system includes two new databases.
One, called Rap Back, enables FBI authorized entities the ability to receive ongoing statusnotifications of any criminal history reported on specific individuals. The bureau says that it will help law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, to receive “ongoing status notifications” regarding the reported criminal history of people “in positions of trust, such as schoolteachers.”
The second is called the Interstate Photo System. IPS facial recognition service will provide law enforcement agencies across the country an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities. The Feds say it is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative tool.
This latest phase ois only one portion of the FBI’s NGI System. Since phase one was deployed in February 2011, the NGI system has introduced enhanced automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, mobile fingerprint identification, and electronic image storage.
More than 18,000 law enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal justice partners across the country will have access to the system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.