As significant advances are made with facial recognition technology (FRT), education publication Tes explores the topic in the context of schools, raising many complex issues.

The publication interviewed Hannah Sterry, Solicitor in Stone King’s Information Law team, who explains that central to the use of any biometric technology are data protection and privacy considerations.

She says:

“FRT involves processing personal data, so schools must consider their obligations under data protection law or risk regulatory action”.

“Schools must ensure processing of biometric data using FRT complies with the data protection principles, including the need for processing to be lawful, fair and transparent, and to not go beyond what is necessary,” she adds, and concludes that “FRT is high-risk, so schools must undertake a DPIA to assess proportionality and whether risks can be mitigated. This can be complex, and failure to carry out a DPIA may result in action being taken by the ICO.”

The full article can be read here.