School Fined for Using Facial Recognition Technology to Take Attendance
The Swedish data protection authority fined a school SEK 200,000 (approximately 19,000 EUR) for using facial recognition technology to take attendance.
- Biometric information is sensitive and special care must be taken when processing it.
- Attendance can be taken by less invasive means.
- Consent by the students is not a valid legal basis for this processing because the students are in a position of dependence on the school / school officials.
- The relatively low scope of the fine was affected by the fact that the duration of this processing was short and involved few students.