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2022 Use of Biometric Identifying Technology in Education Study

Introduction

This survey seeks to gather information from stakeholders regarding the use of biometric technology in a school or educational setting (please see the definitions below). The survey is being conducted in accordance with State Technology Law § 106-b which requires the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), in consultation with the State Education Department (SED) to conduct a study and draft a report detailing the use of biometric technology, including facial recognition technology in schools. 

This survey is anonymous. You do not have to answer all questions posed, but to best assist with the study, please provide as much information as possible. Any information provided by you will be used solely for the purposes of assessing the use of biometric technology in an educational setting.

If you would like to provide a formal comment regarding this study, after the completion of the survey you may email your comments to its.sm.biometricsstudy at its.ny.gov. 

For the purposes of this survey, “school or educational setting” is defined as public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools, including charter schools.

For the purposes of this survey, “biometric technology” is any tool (such as fingerprint scanners, eye scanners and facial recognition technologies) that uses an automated or semi-automated process to assist in verifying a person’s identity based on biometric information, including:
  • Facial geometry/facial characteristics
  • Fingerprint/fingerprint characteristics
  • Handprint/ hand characteristics
  • Retina and iris patterns/eye characteristics
  • Voice/vocal characteristics
  • DNA sequence
  • Gait
  • Any other biometrically distinguishable characteristics