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Vending Machine Company Stands By Their Peephole
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Vending Machine Company Stands By Their Peephole

Hey you! Yes you, walking into the Student Union Building on the Campus of Waterloo University. You just walked by that new vending machine!! Didn’t you forget your Vita Coco water and your Cliff Bar? That’s normally what you have at 4pm between your workout and biology class. Invenda's Smart Vending machine not only took note of your past selections, days and times of purchase, but noticed that you're a 6’2” male around 19 years old with a healthy body composition. 

I know what you’re thinking. Invenda in no way asked for your consent before taking sensitive biometric data nor disclosed in any way that there was a camera in the snack machine monitoring your daily moves! But rest assured, Big Brother can guarantee that these machines do NOT have facial recognition capabilities, just facial analysis! They don’t recognize and store individual features, just determine your age, gender and the fact that you’re not a squirrel. You can trust us.

Anyways, at this point in your young life, hasn’t it become generally accepted that you're being recorded by someone looking to profit from your habits at all times?  Let’s go ahead and normalize that, comrade. Without it, the quality, and more importantly, quantity of your snack selection would be reduced. And you deserve better.


  • Canada’s University of Waterloo is removing M&M-branded smart vending machines from campus due to student outrage over undisclosed facial recognition technology.

  • The technology, built by the Swiss company Invenda, can determine the age and gender of users. While Invenda says it complies with Canadian data protection laws, students weren’t made aware of the technology and didn't consent to be scanned.

  • The technology is designed to switch from “standby” mode to show ads while no one is in front of the machine, to “sales” mode to show products in front of a customer.

  • However, Invenda stated that its technology “solely identifies the presence of individuals” and “does not collect any user data or photos.”

Sources: Ars Technica, The Guardian, and CBC.