Indian River County students could have been the first on the Treasure Coast to experiment with the technology, but a district plan to try a biometrics program on a few school buses raised concerns over student privacy from the Indian River School Board in September.
District officials were considering a program in which parents could check a Web site to know whether their children had been picked up or dropped off at the bus stop or if a bus was running late. With the program, which would have used biometrics finger imaging as students got on and off the bus, school officials could monitor whether a bus driver was stopped along a road or had deviated from the regular route.
At the September meeting, board member Lenora Quimby said she was "very concerned about the whole 'Big Brother' issue."
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Biometrics used by parents to check whereabouts of children?
Registration, library books, canteen purchases, paying money into school - now fingerprint technology can be used by parents to track their children on the school bus - but concerns have been raised.