School installs fingerprint scanners to track students' toilet usage; triggers online backlash
A school in Australia has kicked up a storm after announcing a controversial plan to prevent vandalism on the campus.
According to reports, Moorebank High School in Sydney spent money in June to install biometric scanners that can track students' toilet usage.
This system was introduced almost two years ago after the school reportedly spend thousands of dollars on restoring vandalised bathrooms.
Reports said the biometric scanning system was installed after a discussion with parents and teachers.
So far, more than 1,000 students have registered their fingerprints on the system. However, netizens and other parents aren't happy with the fact that the school is recording the toilet activities of students.
However, school principal Vally Grego, who notified parents about the new system, said the system does not actually record a fingerprint.
"The Posiflex kiosks do not store a copy of your fingerprint, it stores an alphanumerical representation of the fingerprint," she wrote in a newsletter.
She went on to explain the system, was introduced to only monitor students' movement during class time in a bid to end vandalism.
Despite the explanation from the principal and assurance from a spokeswoman about the system not being mandatory, the school has faced a huge online backlash.
One parent called the system extreme as data is being collected from children
"It just feels a little extreme and concerning with the level of surveillance and data being collected about our children,” the parent was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.