School installs fingerprint readers to track students’ toilet use; triggers negative reactions online

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A school in Australia has sparked a firestorm after announcing a controversial plan to prevent vandalism on campus.

Sydney’s Moorebank High School spent the money in June to install biometric scanners that can track students’ toilet usage, according to reports.

This system was introduced nearly two years ago after the school reportedly spent thousands of dollars restoring vandalized bathrooms.

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Reports say the biometric scanning system was installed after discussion with parents and teachers.

So far, more than 1,000 students have registered their fingerprints in the system. However, netizens and other parents are unhappy with the school recording students’ toileting activities.

However, school principal Vally Grego, who briefed parents on the new system, said the system does not actually register fingerprints.

“Posiflex terminals do not store a copy of your fingerprint, they store an alphanumeric representation of the fingerprint,” she wrote in a newsletter.

She then explained the system, was introduced to only monitor students’ movements during school hours in a bid to stop vandalism.

Despite the principal’s explanation and a spokeswoman’s assurance that the system is not mandatory, the school faced a huge backlash online.

A parent called the system extreme because data is collected from children

“It just seems a bit extreme and concerning with the level of surveillance and data collected on our children,” the parent was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.

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