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Use of biometric data in schools

The Independent (3 January 2014) has reported that some schools are not complying with legal requirements when using pupils' biometric data. The most common form of this is the use of fingerprints for administrative purposes including school meals and libraries. The concerns emerged from research involving Freedom of Information requests carried out by Big Brother Watch. Full details are available at www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk 

If you use or are considering introducing biometric data systems we strongly advise you to ensure that procedures are fully compliant with the comprehensive guidelines issued by the DfE. Parental consent lies at the core of the compliance regime.

The DfE guidelines may be accessed here.


Page Published: 03/01/2014