Parents Upset Over Lunchtime Palm Scanner
$300,000 system leads to privacy concerns.
Parents of students at Carroll County schools in Baltimore, Md., say a new policy that scans kids' palms to pay for their lunches goes too far.
With the PalmSecure system, students hover their hands over an infrared scanner that ID's them by the unique patterns in their skin and registers a sale, according to a report from the Daily Herald.
The Herald talked to Mike Richmond, who has two children at a Westminster elementary school. He said the scanning started before parents were given the chance to opt-out.
"I didn't appreciate how they handled it. I'm concerned about it. I know it's the way of the future, but it's fingerprinting, it's palm-printing."
The district said the goal is to decrease the time it takes to pay for lunches since the children have a limited amount of time to eat their meals.
The controversial system is operating in three Carroll County elementary schools with plans to expand to the whole district within a year. It's also used in many other schools around the country where there have also been concerns about invasion of privacy as well as the cost of the system. Once implemented, PalmSecure will run the Carroll County district about $300,000.
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- 33% - Yes
- 56% - No
- 10% - I am not sure
by tooptimisticOctober 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM
Besides the price tag, I see no problem with it. Gets the kids through the lines really quick.
by andiemomo3October 7, 2012 at 10:29 PMI voted no simply because it seems strange to me. I'm not ready for all futuristic things.
by tmajma032408October 7, 2012 at 10:34 PMwhats next? A barcode on their forehead?
October 7, 2012 at 10:42 PMThis doesn't bother me at all... but I'm not hoping to raise criminals.
I don't know if it is the " Mark of the Beast" but there is a mark in the accounting ledger that says 300,000 dollars for this scanner. The taxpayer pays for this and that money could of gone for teaching materials, books,or teachers salaries. It is disgusting this waste of money. Oh I hope this nonsense doesn't spread to other schools. Think of the wasted dollars the taxpayer will pay!
Wow....is this the way the dept. of education is spending taxpayer money?
I just hope there are enough Bible believers out there to see this is the beginning of the end for us.