Friday, July 12, 2013

UK schools act as agents for private corporation's gathering of children s biometric data

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School 
UK, Manchester - St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School after being contacted by a concerned parent who had asked about their student biometric system for cashless catering, via a Freedom of Information Request, stated that they do not own the biometric system nor does the school takes responsibility for the biometric database. The system is owned by a Facility Management provider.  

However it seems the school's capacity in acting as an 'agent' for the private Facility Management provider was not made clear to parents when asking for written consent to process their child's biometrics.

"...this school holds no biometric data of the pupils; the system was bought by and is managed by the BSF [Building Schools for the Future] PPP  [Public Private Partnership] Facility Management Company.

We neither own the system nor have access to it. 

We are under no obligation to provide information relating to conversations, nor on the biometric system itself, which has been neither gifted to us nor is our property or personal responsibility. We have acted as an agent for the FM provider in obtaining parental/guardian permission"

So consequently no information about the biometric system is given to the enquirer of the original Freedom of Information request that spawned the above response.  St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School distance themselves from the children's biometrics fingerprint system (apart from their role gathering parent's consent on behalf of a Facility Management company).

If true, as I suspect it is, this is a new, very concerning step into how consent is gained from parents and students to participate in biometric systems, who has access to to our children's extremely personal data and the honesty shown by schools and corporations in this matter.   

Privacy campaigners often get thrown the old 'If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear' adage ...lets see how the boot fits on the the other foot here with this latest Freedom of Information request:  Biometric system in St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Anonymous said...

My son was scanned yesterday even though we had explicitly denied permission. Not convinced by their "categorical" assertion that it had been deleted - but what can you do..?

Pippa King said...

Make an official complaint against the school? Ask about their complaints procedure. You could do with reassurance that the data has been 'destroyed' not 'deleted', there is a difference, and try and get that in writing from the school.
If the school had done this after Sept 1st they would have broken the law - Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
Hopefully the school has destroyed your son's biometric data.

Anonymous said...

I tried to make \Norfolk aware of this 2 years ago by talking on the local radio, but sadly only one other parent joined the discussion. This is backdoor training for our kids to help usher in ID for the future. Check out vericool on google. Both my kids are not fingerprinting for school lunches or acess to the school library, l addressed this with the headmaster very strongly in writing prior to them starting. school

Anonymous said...

Perhaps your FOIR should have included the question - "how much money is the school making by acting as "agent"".

These things are not organic or happen by chance, they are directed by some very shadowy agencies who have an agenda and unlimited funds.