New York’s state Education Department banned facial recognition technology in schools Wednesday but will still allow schools to decide whether to use other forms of biometric identifying technology.

The determination from Education Commissioner Betty Rosa came after a state report in August urged New York’s schools to exercise caution in their use of constantly evolving biometric identifying technology.

“We have concerns over @NYSEDNews permitting the use of other kinds of biometric technology, but we are gratified that the State has affirmed that facial recognition tech has NO place in our classrooms,” the New York Civil Liberties Union said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Education Commissioner Betty Rosa.

The ban applies to both public and private schools.

The August report showed just seven districts had begun to use facial recognition technology in schools, though half of districts surveyed said they might consider it in the future.

Wednesday’s decision will put a stop to that, at least for now.


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