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Facial recognition: School ID checks lead to GDPR fine

Facial recognition: School ID checks lead to GDPR fine

Technology
A watchdog has penalised a local authority for trialling facial recognition on high-school students in Sweden to keep track of attendance.The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the Skelleftea municipality 200,000 Swedish Krona (£16,800, $ 20,700) for flouting a privacy law.The trial involved tracking 22 students over three weeks and detecting when each pupil entered a classroom.This is the first time that Sweden has ever issued a fine under GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force last year, classes facial images and other biometric information as being a special category of data, with added restrictions on its use.The DPA indicated that the fine would have been bigger had the trial been longer. According to technolog
Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Health
Boys with asthma are twice as likely as girls to visit their GP with worsening symptoms during the first weeks of the new school year, research suggests. It found a tripling of appointments related to "back to school" asthma in England.Being exposed to new viruses at school and a relaxed use of inhalers over the holidays could be factors, experts say.Asthma could turn into "a ticking time bomb" during the summer holidays, Asthma UK said.In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in school-age children with asthma being admitted to hospital in September, around the start of the autumn term.These increases, called the "back to school" effect, were also found in Scotland and Wales."Back to school asthma" is thought to account for up to a quarter of serious...
School strike for climate: Protests staged around the world

School strike for climate: Protests staged around the world

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device School students around the world have gone on strike to demand action on climate change.Organisers said more than a million people were expected to join the action in at least 110 countries on Friday.They are calling on politicians and businesses to take urgent action to slow global warming.The strikes are inspired by student Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden's parliament in 2018. Carrying a "school strike for climate change" sign, the then 15-year-old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians took action. Media playback is unsupported on your device The solo protest led to various ...
Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes

Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes

Science
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports school students' protests about climate change.It appears to contradict some education officials, who have criticised participants for skipping school and threatened them with exclusion.Mrs Merkel said students might be frustrated at the time taken to move away from coal-based energy but asked them to understand it was a challenge.Across the world, some students have been leaving school to demand action.On Friday thousands of high school students in the city of Hamburg marched against climate change, with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg - who started the series of school strikes - present.But the city's education official, Ties Rabe, wrote on Twitter: "No-one makes the world b...
Sex education: Menstrual health to be taught in school by 2020

Sex education: Menstrual health to be taught in school by 2020

Health
It will be compulsory to teach about periods at schools in England by 2020, which endometriosis sufferer Alice Smith calls "massive". The 23-year-old was diagnosed with the chronic condition at 14 and has been campaigning for menstrual health to be on the school curriculum. Alice says the new guidelines mean girls will know "from a much younger age what is normal" and what isn't when it comes to their periods. Consent is also to be taught at school.And children will learn about domestic violence, relationships and staying safe online."My experience at school would be very different now," Alice says.Endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women in the UK, is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows elsewhere in a woman's body.It causes chronic p...