Friday, December 12, 2003

Face scanners at school

A new facial-scanner system in being installed in some schools in Phoenix, AZ in an attempt to prevent sexual predators and locate missing children according to this story on CNN. Civil libertarians are concerned, of course, and they should be. The system is not perfect, but it's been touted as being incredibly accurate by its proponets. By the same token, if false positives can be kept at a very manageable ratio, this could be a very valuable tool. Policy must obviously be made for this system's use before it winds up snatching someone's kid and rigorous checks and balances need to be in place.