May 13, 2014 -
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has signed Bill 188 into law, banning the collection of biometric information from students in Florida schools.
In addition Bill 188 also mandates that the Department of Education assign Florida Student Numbers to replace the use of social security numbers to manage school records.
“I want to applaud Governor Rick Scott for signing and supporting this historic legislation to protect Florida’s students and their sensitive personal information,” Senator Dorothy Hukill, who has spearheaded this bill, said. “I want to also thank Representative Jake Rayburn (R-Lithia), sponsor of House Bill 195, and members of the Florida Legislature for their support. Florida’s children depend on us to do everything possible to ensure that they are safe and that their information is protected. As parents, educators, legislators and citizens we are meeting that challenge and protecting our most precious resources with the passage of this legislation.”
This particular bill has re-ignited the debate surrounding children and biometric identification, and more specifically, the use of biometrics in school. BiometricUpdate.com recently took a close look at the issue and the debate on both sides. Read the full feature here.
Cafeteria payments have been a particular area of focus for this conversation, and BiometricUpdate.com has also looked at the discourse through this lens.
SIBA CEO Janice Kephart is an advocate for the use of biometric technology in schools and recently submitted a blog on the topic.
The passing of this bill makes Florida the first U.S. state to ban the collection of student biometric data.