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Children Forced to Palm Scan For School Lunches

Children Forced to Palm Scan For School Lunches

Some parents decry new Carroll schools' palm scanner
They say system to pay for lunches is violation of privacy

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
The Baltimore Sun
October 5, 2012

Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated.

The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale.

Though the school system does not store those images, some parents have complained about the implications of having their children's hands scanned. About 20 percent of parents have declined to participate in the program, said supervisor of food services Karen Sarno.

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They did this in our school

They did this in our school district 4 years ago, except they used a thumbprint.. We decided to opt out and did not sign the permission form, but about 2 months later we found out the school counselor had my son scanned anyways. He was only in second grade and didn't know any better and that a-hole took advantage of the fact. It was a mess to fix, I don't really trust that it was fixed, but the claim is everything related to him was removed from the system. We'll see. I know theres no such thing as permanently deleting anything from a pc short of outright destruction of the hard drive.

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. ~ George Orwell

Boiling the frog:

I grew up there but have not lived there for many years.
It seems to me that Carroll County MD. was one of the first ones to fight against the agenda 21 stuff. Must look in to it further.

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