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Facial Recognition Discovered in Vending Machines

University of Waterloo plans to remove vending machines from its campus due to concerns over facial-recognition technology usage.

This issue came to light when a student posted a photo of a vending machine displaying an error message related to facial-recognition software. Following this, a University of Waterloo student conducted further investigation, revealing the machines were supplied by Adaria Vending Services and made by Invenda Group.


Despite concerns, Adaria and Invenda clarified that the technology used does not identify individuals or store any images or personal data. They explained that the technology acts as a motion sensor to activate the machine’s interface without capturing or storing customer images, adhering to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards.

However, the University of Waterloo decided to remove the machines from campus, requesting the deactivation of the software in the interim, highlighting ongoing debates over facial-recognition technology’s place in educational environments globally.

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