Saturday, October 14, 2006

Children's biometrics on Teachers TV

MP's are speaking out against biometrics in schools.

Teachers' TV, a DfES sponsored television station (yet editorial independent of the Government), ran an article in their news this week

The article, about 7 minutes into the clip runs for about 4 minutes (Teachers' TV can also be found on Sky Guide 880, Telewest 240, ntl 240, HomeChoice 845, Freeview 88 (11am-1pm)

The article airs concerns by MP's, a parent and Lawyer, Janinne Fletcher, on how and why children's biometrics are taken and stored on relatively insecure computer systems.

Considering these systems have been in schools for over three years and nearly a million children fingerprinted in the UK, it is not before time that this issue needs to be debated in Parliament.

Guidelines and regulations clearly need to be issued to educational establishments so that all parties - parents, children and schools - are aware of how and when biometric data is taken from a child (with parental consent) and aware of laws that secure and protect the next generations biometric information.

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