Biometric data ban on schools

First published in Education news

SCHOOLS in England will be banned from collecting pupils’ biometric data without consent, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

From September next year schools will be forced to obtain parental permission before taking fingerprints.

The ban will also cover the use of data for iris and retina scanning, and face recognition.

According to the DfE approximately 30 per cent of secondary schools and five per cent of primary schools use fingerprinting or face-scanning systems for a number of reasons, including recording attendance, allowing pupils to check out library books, pay for lunch or access certain school buildings.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “Many parents do not want schools and colleges collecting personal information from their children without permission.

“These tough new rules will mean that, for the first time, parents will have the power to stop schools from using their child's biometric data unless they agree first.”

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9:16am Wed 26 Dec 12

roobarb85 says...

More Dfe /Govt double-think.

First they urge schools to use modern technology to save time and money. Digital registers, attendance checks, paying for school dinners and taking out library books do just that.

Now they want schools to lose all those savings by duplicating systems so that a few people can insist on the use of time - absorbing and easy-to-defraud payment by cash and paper tracking systems.

I wonder if the Govt are thinking of applying such outdated strictures to the supermarkets by outlawing loyalty cards (which track personal habits just as iris recognition can), insisting on cash payments at the tills and re-instating the right of workers to be paid in cash.

Hmm...... thought not.
More Dfe /Govt double-think. First they urge schools to use modern technology to save time and money. Digital registers, attendance checks, paying for school dinners and taking out library books do just that. Now they want schools to lose all those savings by duplicating systems so that a few people can insist on the use of time - absorbing and easy-to-defraud payment by cash and paper tracking systems. I wonder if the Govt are thinking of applying such outdated strictures to the supermarkets by outlawing loyalty cards (which track personal habits just as iris recognition can), insisting on cash payments at the tills and re-instating the right of workers to be paid in cash. Hmm...... thought not. roobarb85
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