So far as British schools are concerned, fingerprints were once mucky things that the cleaners had to erase, as far as possible, from painted surfaces, windows and library books. Now they raise concern of quite a different type. The BBC reports that, far from wiping prints away and occasionally reprimanding those who were so unwise to deposit them, many schools are now fingerprinting pupils without their parents’ permission. It seems that around 100 British schools actually use fingerprint identification systems for registration, borrowing library books and cashless catering.
Says the BBC report:
“… there is no legal requirement for schools to seek parents’ consent for using biometric technologies.Critics say this is “outrageous” and have called for a “strong and explicit law” to cover this issue.A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families says it was “common sense” for schools to consult parents about taking fingerprints. Schools also had to comply with data protection regulations, he said.”