That this House is alarmed at the growing practice of schools collecting and storing the biometric details of children as young as three; notes that up to 3,500 schools use biometric software to record the data of approximately three quarters of a million children; shares parents' concerns that children's data, often including photographs and fingerprints, is stored on unregulated data collection systems and potentially insecure school computer networks and could therefore potentially be misused; notes that collecting the data from children under 12 without parental consent directly contravenes the Data Protection Act; believes that no child should have biometric information taken without the express written permission of their parents; further believes that no child should be excluded from school activities where this permission is not forthcoming; welcomes the decision by the Department for Education and Skills to update guidance to local authorities and schools; and calls on the Government to conduct a full and open consultation with stakeholders, including parents and children, on this issue as part of their redrafting process.
The above Early Day Motion (EDM) has been laid down by Greg Mulholland MP for all MP's to sign, detailing issues and concerns surrounding the practice of children's biometric data collection in schools. This EDM has support from across the three main political parties.
Please take time to read the EDM and lobby your MP to sign it if the use of children's biometric data in schools concerns you.
For more information on this see Leave Them Kids Alone website.
The Open Rights Group (ORG) have sensible and practical advice on how to effectively lobby your MP by letter or email - it is worth reading.
Your MP's contact details can be found at Write To Them.