ON privacy commissioner looking into MARS vending machines after complaints filed

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario is reportedly looking into the vending machines with facial analysis technology that were installed at the University of Waterloo. CTV News states that two complaints about the smart vending machines have been filed with the privacy commissioner, which is urging “all public institutions that are using, or contemplating using these machines to ensure that they comply with FIPPA regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of any personal information.” Invenda, the software developer, stated that the machines do not collect, manage, retain, or process any personally identifiable information. The Canadian Press reports that UWaterloo was unaware that the vending machines contained this technology and has unplugged them ahead of their removal.

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