Scanning fingerprints to pay for school lunch triggers concerns

04/4/2007 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A new system enabling students in one Massachusetts district to pay for lunch with the tap of a finger would speed the cafeteria line, protect the privacy of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches and perhaps help parents better track what their children are eating, supporters of the system say. Fingerprints of each participating student would be scanned and linked to a meal account, but parents worry the scanned fingerprints might be stolen and used in identity theft.

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