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Nashville Schools Will Include Facial Recognition Technology in Camera Surveillance

The Nashville school system plans to become the first in the nation to use security cameras that spot intruders with controversial face-recognition technology. Starting Dec. 1, the 75,000-student district will equip three schools and an administration building with cameras that can detect an unfamiliar face or someone barred from school grounds, said Ralph Thompson, assistant superintendent for student services. The technology is denounced by civil libertarians and has been discarded by police in Tampa and Virginia Beach, which found face-recognition cameras in downtown districts did not help in spotting wanted criminals. "Schools should not feel like some sort of prison," said Melissa Ngo of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

School security cameras go cutting edge, USA Today, November 2, 2007.