New York Facial Tech Moratorium Spotlights Children’s Privacy

Dec. 24, 2020, 6:59 PM

A first-of-its-kind New York law suspending the use of facial recognition technology in schools across the state underscores the importance of protecting children’s privacy and follows a nationwide trend toward greater protections for young people’s data, attorneys say.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the legislation on Dec. 22. The law places a moratorium on public and private schools purchasing and using biometric identifying technology until at least July 1, 2022.

The ban follows concerns about facial recognition technology’s implications for student safety, security, and privacy, Cuomo said in a statement. He said New York’s Office of Information Technology will work ...

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