A set of smart vending machines at the University of Waterloo is expected to be removed from campus after students raised privacy concerns about their software.

The machines have M&M artwork on them and sell chocolate and other candy. They are located throughout campus, including in the Modern Languages building and Hagey Hall.

Earlier this month, a student noticed an error message on one of the machines in the Modern Languages building. It appeared to indicate there was a problem with a facial recognition application.

“We wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the application error. There’s no warning here,” said River Stanley, a fourth-year student, who investigated the machines for an article in the university publication, mathNEWS.

  • AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet
    103 months ago

    Your face, retinas, and fingerprints are keys to unlock digital assets.

    • @Death_Equity
      53 months ago

      Using those biometrics to access anything without a warrant is legal and not protected by the 4th or 5th amendments.