Friday, June 08, 2007

Local Council issues guidelines to schools

Portsmouth City Council are the first council in the UK to issue guidelines to their schools regarding using biometric fingerprint technology with pupils.

Titled "Finger scanning technology in schools", the full guidance can be found here.

The concerns expressed have in the main focused on 2 main issues:

• That parental consent might not be obtained in a consistent way.
• That the supporting data might in some way enter the criminal justice system to the disadvantage of the children involved.

The guidance has seven points for schools act on, highlighting a school's legal obligations surrounding this technology.

Well done to Portsmouth Council and in particular Councillor Luke Stubbs who was instrumental in this guidance being written.

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