Blog Taxpayer criticizes Fayette School Board for buying facial recognition cameras

Share This Post

Education

Taxpayer criticizes Fayette School Board for buying facial recognition cameras

A public speaker at the Aug. 24 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education took issue with the recent decision to purchase thermal imaging/facial recognition cameras to be installed in schools to detect fevers. He cited concerns over privacy, limited use during the pandemic, the $500,000 cost of the equipment and the need for government to share in the suffering faced by property owners and the private sector.

The school board on Aug. 10 approved the purchase of up to 75 Hikvision cameras, at an installed price of $7,000, for a maximum of $525,000. The purchase will be made using ESPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax) safety and security funds.

Speaking during the public comments portion of the meeting, Mike Coley spoke on the school board’s recent approval to purchase and install facial recognition cameras in schools, which will be used to take the temperature of those entering the buildings and identify those individuals with a fever.

Article

Leave a Reply

Share This Post

The goal of this site is to give information. Whether from national sites or locally in Georgia.