A new “proctoring solution” startup that employs biometric scanning to prevent students from cheating during online exams has finally deleted the data it collects. The move comes weeks after the company, Verificent, promised to do so.
Earlier this week, Verificent was scrutinized by New Brunswick Today for exceeding the 90-day deletion period outlined in the contract between the company and Rutgers University. The school implemented this system for the first time during the spring 2015 semester, and it charged students $37 per exam for the service.
The local newspaper previously reported that Verificent had yet to purge the data collected by its Proctortrack software. The information collected includes knuckle and face prints, audio and video recordings, ID scans, and other private information. The software scans for abnormalities in eye or body movement that could be signs of cheating, and it allows instructors to review the footage later. The company even warns students, “You must be alone, at a desk and chair so that you are sitting up-right during the test. If other people are around you, you could be disqualified.”