Kenya universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students

Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary has directed universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students within the next 120 days, according to a report by Capital News. Higher learning institutions are now required to obtain passport photographs, fingerprints and programs for the year of study for every student. “Under Section 5 (1) of the Universities Act, 2012, the commission is mandated with the responsibility of collecting, disseminating and maintaining data on university education in Kenya,” the Education Cabinet Secretary

Verificient Technologies signs the Student Privacy Pledge

Verificient Technologies has signed the Student Privacy Pledge developed by The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The Student Privacy Pledge is designed to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance and use of student personal information and is endorsed by President Barack Obama. Verificient joins several other education technology providers in signing the Student Privacy Pledge, including Amplify, Apple, Blackboard, Canvas, Google, Kahn Academy, Microsoft, Parchment, Schoology, and Turnitin. The Student Privacy

Students develop cane with facial recognition capabilities to guide blind

ICT students at Birmingham City University have developed a new smart cane that uses facial recognition technology to enable the visually impaired to automatically identify their friends and family up to 10 meters away, according to a report by Phys.org. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, developed by Steve Adigbo, Waheed Rafiq and Richard Howlett, also features GPS functionality to help navigate users. “My grandfather is blind and I know how useful this device could be for him,” said Adigbo. “The smart

Monitoring behavioral biometrics helps ProctorU curb academic fraud

Online proctoring firm ProctorU is offering an online course video monitoring system, designed to help colleges and universities cut down on financial aid fraud and ensure students are attending online courses, according to a report by CR80 News. The Ucard system works by connecting students with live proctors, either in person or through webcams. In a three-step process, students are verified to take tests while the proctor monitors their computer activity using customer-support software to prevent academic dishonesty. The system

San Diego school board to pilot facial recognition system for students

San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District is set to launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program that authenticates students on school-issued iPads with facial recognition, according to a report by Encintas Advocate. The EUSD board signed a $63,000 contract with Salt Lake City-based cybersecurity firm Virtual Keyring in which it will provide technology to quickly log students into all iPad apps, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords. Virtual Keyring claims its software is more secure than even the strongest passwords because

Biometrics use at Massachusetts school raise privacy concerns from parents

The school system in North Adams, Massachusetts is introducing biometrics tofacilitate lunch lines at schools, which has raised concerns among parents about privacy and government interfering with their children’s lives, according to a report by iBerkshires.com. The move follows more than a year of meetings regarding parents’ refusal to pay for delinquent lunch bills, misconceptions about free and discounted lunches, and privacy issues. When a notice informing parents about the new biometrics technology was sent home with children, many parents

Osun State, Nigeria government to issue biometric ID card for public school students

The government of Osun State in Nigeria is issuing a new smart identity card integrated with biometrics to all public school students in the state, according to a report by This Day Live. Launched at the Salvation Army School, Alekuwodo, Oshogbo, the new biometric ID cards support the state government’s initiative to deploy technology to boost the overall planning, allocation of resources and service delivery in the education field. The Osun Smart ID, an initiative of Chams Plc, is linked

Indian student group wants to suspend Aadhaar, NPR enrollment

A student group in Northern India has come out and asked the government to suspend biometric enrollment and to stop the implementation of Aadhaar in Meghalaya. According to a report in the Assam Tribune, The Khasi Students’ Union has asked to suspend enrolment as the state needs more adequate mechanisms in place to control influx. “Our demand from the State government is to stop this biometric enrollment and implementation of Aadhaar,” KSU supremo Daniel Khyriem is quoted to have said