With governments, private education tech companies and private companies running schools having access to individual educational data from the age of 2 years old (in the UK) to 19 and beyond gives an enormous potential for profiling. I could write about this for an age, as these are all points that have been raised with the proliferation of technology in education for the past decade plus.
What to do? I have been absent somewhat from blogging here as the transfer of biometric technology
However, there is now an issue of facial recognition creeping into US and Chinese schools for a variety of reasons. Here in England and Wales (not Scotland or Northern Ireland) facial recognition is not viably an option for schools with under 18 year olds, as per the consent required under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The argument for the use of biometrics in schools - whether fingerprint or facial recognition - is basically unproven, as other, less invasive, less 'valuable', means of identification will suffice. This is an issue I intend to raise again here.
So, hopefully, (in a rather large nutshell) I've explained my absence and fully intend at least once a week to start again back here. T'will be nice to get back to it!