A Socio-Technical Approach to Biometric Technology Deployment in Schools

Rachida Parks, Esther Mead
2014 Americas Conference on Information Systems  
Despite their popularity in the cashless lunch line, recording students' attendance or checking out books from the school library, the use of biometrics in schools is making headlines in the news and raising major privacy concerns against this identity-aware technology. These concerns are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is a law established to protect the privacy of student education records. With the continued deployment of biometrics in schools, there
more » ... re several social concerns vis-à-vis the use of this technology. Understanding this phenomenon requires a focus between the technology of biometrics and its social implications. Applying a socio-technical approach, we attempt to gain a clear understanding between the technology of biometrics and its social environment. Through our analysis, we identify technical and social implications that include security advantages and concerns, privacy concerns, awareness issues, and legal considerations. The examination of the complex social and technical interactions of biometrics provides a unique perspective and useful insights. The research has implications to schools, parents, lawmakers, vendors and privacy rights advocates.
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