Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Anger in York as schools fingerprint children

In York, UK, thousands of children have been fingerprinted in schools, some without parental consent. After the controversy came to light a primary school has scrapped the fingerprinting system pending an outcome of any debate.

Some of the reasoning given by one head teacher to introduce fingerprinting systems into his school was ... "the world has no answer to terrorism without using these things and I would see us as getting them ready for the world in which they will have to live." Is this within a remit of a school?

One parent is furious: "I think fingerprinting the children is appalling," The father, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was concerned that someone hacking into the school's computer could get access to confidential personal information gleaned from the fingerprinting system.

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