University Yanks ‘Smart’ Vending Machines – Student Privacy at Risk Due to Facial Recognition
A College Removes ‘Smart’ Vending Machines – after a Student Discovered They Were Using Facial Recognition Technology
The University of Waterloo in Canada is expected to remove “smart” vending machines from its campus, after a student discovered an error code, which suggested the use of facial recognition technology.  According to Business Insider, the machines, provided by Adaria Vending Services and manufactured by Invenda Group, allegedly displayed an error – which was related to facial recognition.

Adaria Vending Services claims that the technology only acts as a motion sensor, to activate the purchasing interface and does not take or store photos of customers.  Despite the explanation, the university has decided to remove the machines from campus.

Facial recognition technology on college campuses has been a source of tension, with concerns about privacy and its impact on vulnerable individuals.

  • The University of Waterloo emphasized that the smart vending machines are GDPR compliant.  How important do you think such regulations are in protecting privacy?
  • Have you ever noticed any unusual technology in your school or workplace which raised concerns about privacy?
  • Do you believe there’s a balance between technological advancements and individual privacy rights?

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