40% of schools in England actively use biometric technology, report says

Over 1.28 million students in secondary schools and academies have had their fingerprints taken by their school, figures obtained from the new Big Brother Watch report “Biometrics in Schools” have revealed.

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The research was carried out in more that 3,000 schools across England, and results suggest that at the start of the academic year 2012-13, an estimated 40% of schools in England are using biometric technology.

The use of biometrics in schools can prove to be extremely cost-effective, as a spokesman at the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary school heads – said: “It is significantly easier for schools to use this system in a number of ways – for example for taking things out of libraries and at meal-times. Most kids don’t lose their fingers whereas losing cards is far more likely. This cuts down on the need for youngsters to carry cards. Children can also have their cards stolen or be bullied for them.”

However, the widespread use of biometric technology in schools might lead to various privacy-related concerns, and this is specifically the reason why laws governing the enrolling of biometrics in schools were enshrined in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

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