Fingerprint scans replacing school lunch tickets

WASHINGTON—La Crescent High School in Minnesota now uses finger-scan technology to speed kids through the lunch line. A student simply places an index finger on an electronic reader linked to a computer database. Within seconds, the computer spits out the student’s account information, and the cashier deducts the cost of the meal.

Biometric identification, the latest development in American security, is best known for screening thousands of foreign tourists at airports. But the technology is also being adopted in the nation’s schools.

It’s more efficient and quicker than a lunch ticket, but some critics question whether schools are compromising student privacy for the sake of convenience. Officials say safeguards are in place to protect children’s personal information from getting into the wrong hands.

—Chicago Sun-Times-

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