How to Tell if Your College is Using Facial Recognition to Monitor People on Campus
A growing number of college and universities have started using biometrics surveillance as a way to monitor students while they’re on campus. The problem is, not all of them are 100% upfront about that surveillance. This week digital rights organization Fight for the Future, published a scorched for close to 100 different colleges and universities around the country to shine a light on how the technology is being used in some of those places.
The list shows you what universities have publicly said they won’t use facial recognition as well as those that have said they already do or are considering it. Beside each entry is a button you can click on to tweet at that college to express your opinion on the matter.
Beyond just a place to tweet your university, the site also offers the ability for campus groups to sign an open letter asking for a college or university to ban facial recognition on campus, and a spot for individuals to sign a petition.
The petition is pretty short and sweet and says:
“Facial recognition technology is biased, invasive, and it violates my basic rights. I urge administrators to clarify their current policies and use of facial recognition and work together with students and staff to stop the use of facial recognition on college campuses, except for personal use (like unlocking a phone) or for ethically conducted research. I also urge my representatives to pass legislation that bans the government from using this dangerous technology to spy on the American public.”
If you spend time on a college campus, either as a student, teacher, parent, or even just a friend, then it’s worth checking out the list just to know where your school stands on the issue. If it stands in a spot you don’t like, reach out and express your opinion. The more people a college or university hears from that are opposed to its current policies, the better the chances are of them changing in the future.