Despite the UK Government recently issuing guidance for schools using biometric systems Gloucestershire County Council are deciding whether to issue their own guidance to schools in their area.
With a total of 8,400 children already fingerprinted in the Gloucestershire area, some just four years old, members of all political parties in the county council have created draft guidelines to help schools decide whether to use fingerprinting.
This article reports that Gloucestershire County Council, "...strongly recommends schools should consider the implications of the biometric data before making a decision.Liberal democrats at Gloucestershire County Council have welcomed the draft guidelines, but say they should go further.
Lib Deb leader councillor Jeremy Hilton, said:
"Using biometric technology in schools introduces a number of serious and unnecessary risks.
"Personally I would encourage schools not to introduce fingerprinting."
Jackie Hall, lead cabinet member for children and young people, will decide whether to endorse the [government] guidelines in September.