Tuesday, February 27, 2007

'Alarm at fingerprinting of pupils' in Suffolk

A Freedom of Infromation request in Suffolk by a journalist, in this article, has uncovered that out of the county's 356 schools, 83 are using biometrics recognition systems.

That is just over 23% of Suffolk's school children, around 20,000 children.

One child's biometric fingerprints were taken without his parents consent:

Jonathan Adams' 11-year-old son was fingerprinted at East Bergholt High School for his library card. Mr Adams, a filmmaker from Hadleigh, said:

“When he came home and said he'd been fingerprinted I couldn't believe it. I think it's completely wrong. Children are having their human rights infringed upon and what's more schools don't even have to ask for parental permission.

It's about time more people knew what was going on.”

And the same old "it's not a fingerprint but a number" argument is rolled out yet again, quoted by Steve Howard, Head of Corporate Information and Records at Suffolk County Council.

Steve Howard is probably unaware that he may be responsible for undertaking the massive task to ensure that at the end of each school year, professional data cleansing companies go into each and every one of the 83 schools to erase the children's biometric data when they move from primary to high school and from high school at 16 - but is he aware of this?...probably not.

The full list of the 83 schools is at the end of the article.

2 comments:

Isabel Riquelme said...

“...I think it's completely wrong. Children are having their human rights infringed upon and what's more schools don't even have to ask for parental permission.

It's about time more people knew what was going on.”

BEING THIS an INFRINGMENT OF CHILDRENS HUMAN RIGHTS, THERE MUST BE LAW TO GO TO JUSTICE AND SUE TEH SCHOOLS DOING IT!!!!!
I AM TOTALLY AGAINST IT AND BELIVE ME THERE WILL SOON BE A SOLUTION AND ESCAPE FROM THIS TERRIFYING PLAN OF TOTAL CONTROL...
WHAT I SEE HERE IS THE READYING OF KIDS AND ADULTS TO ACCEPT MICROCHIPPING as a consequence, e.i. once schools take so much data through fingerprinting (supposedly "accepted" by majority), later same people will say:" once accepted the fingerprinting, then why not the microchipping".... i am in RAGE??

Pippa said...

Thanks for your comments Isabel, I have seen and heard many other people echo your concerns on this issue.