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New York: Bill amending law on biometric technology in schools signed into law

Assembly Bill A954 for an Act to repeal Senate Bill 5140B for An Act to Amend the Education Law, in relation to the Use of Biometric Identifying Technology was signed into law, on 28 January 2021, by the Governor of New York. In particular, the bill amends Senate Bill 5140B by, among other things, providing that schools may use biometric identifying technology in the following circumstances:

  • for the fingerprint identification of prospective school employees for complying with education law or the regulations of the Commissioner of Education;
  • to exclusively identify employees that have consented in writing to the use of such technology; or
  • where an organisation representing employees has consented in writing to the use of such technology.

You can read the bill here and view its history here.