School puts plans for facial recognition pilot on hold over GDPR

CBS Kilkenny parent contacted human rights group anonymously to raise concerns

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
19th January, 2020
School puts plans for facial recognition pilot on hold over GDPR
Facial recognition has been put on hold by a Kilkenny secondary school Picture: iStock

A Kilkenny secondary school is reconsidering plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a parent raised concerns with the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL).

CBS Kilkenny was considering becoming involved in a pilot project for the technology in an effort to improve the monitoring of attendance. A parent anonymously contacted the ICCL to raise concerns about the proposal. Tom Clarke, principal at CBS Kilkenny, said he was shocked the parent had taken the action.

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