Schools should be safe places for students to learn and grow. Yet, schools across the country are contemplating activating invasive and harmful facial recognition technology to use against students. Facial recognition technology is notoriously inaccurate, and is particularly prone to mistakes when identifying women, children, and people of color. Bringing this dangerous technology into the classroom opens up the possibility that innocent students will be misidentified and punished for things they did not do, or that personal information may be shared with law enforcement agencies, including ICE.
The Education Policy Center is pushing the state to adopt a prohibition on the use of facial recognition technology against students in school facilities, and will issue guidelines to schools on the purchase of emerging security and learning technologies that may have an impact on student privacy and civil liberties.