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Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

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Smart cameras and imaging software are coming to summer programs and school campuses and focusing on children.

A growing number of schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition technologies.

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Schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition to bolster security and provide other services for campers and parents.

Parents at summer camps can opt into facial recognition services to access photos of their children.

Meanwhile, New York's Lockport City School District last year purchased facial recognition software and cameras to identify people not permitted on school grounds and notify authorities.

Privacy experts and politicians have reservations about the potential abuse of the technology; developers respond that facial data is not captured and retained as a usable image, but as chains of numbers and letters that can only be decrypted by proprietary software.

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