In late September, Mars Fernandez-Burgos, a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Miami, received a one-line email from the assistant to the school's dean of students. Weeks earlier, she attended a campus protest around Covid protections and sick pay for contract workers like cafeteria workers and janitors. Fernandez-Burgos and other students accuse the University of Miami Police Department UMPD of using an undisclosed facial recognition system at the September 4 protest to identify the nine students invited to the meeting. University officials deny using the tech, though documents suggest the university police has had access to facial recognition databases. Fernandez-Burgos and Esteban Wood, another UMESA member who attended the protest and meeting, both say Holmes told the students that campus police used software to analyze camera footage from the protest to identify the students. None of the students attending the meeting faced disciplinary measures, but Wood says he believes the protesters were flagged because they criticized the university.
Schools are using facial recognition to try to stop shootings. Here’s why they should think twice.
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Find all our Student Opinion questions here. In many airports in the United States, Customs and Border Protection uses facial recognition to screen passengers on international flights. It is now a convenient feature to help consumers unlock their phones. The pop star Taylor Swift is said to use facial recognition to identify stalkers. Recently, a school district in New York adopted the technology in the name of safety. Do you think facial recognition will make our schools safer?
Did a University Use Facial Recognition to ID Student Protesters?
Among the concerns is facial recognition, which could be used to monitor student attendance and behavior as well as contact tracing. In the pre-COVID debate about the technology, deployment of facial recognition was seen as a potential panacea to assist with security measures in the aftermath of school shootings. Schools also have begun using it to track students and automate attendance records. We have focused on facial recognition in schools because it is not yet widespread and because it will impact particularly vulnerable populations. Shobita Parthasarathy.