FB pixel

English Students Able to Opt-Out of Biometrics at School


New guidelines for English schools will make clear that they will no longer be able to use pupils’ biometric data without parental consent. Pupils themselves will also be allowed to refuse to submit biometric data. The guidelines come into effect in September 2013.

U.K. Schools Minister Nick Gibb said children’s biometric data was sensitive personal information and parents must have the right to prevent its use by schools and colleges. “In the age of the internet, identity and the integrity of biometric data are of increasing importance,” stated Gibb.

Some schools and colleges use biometric technologies such as fingerprint identification and facial scanning. Schools can use fingerprinting or face scanning for recording attendance, checking out library books, paying for lunch or accessing school buildings. The benefits to schools include site safety and the speed and ease of access to services.

Last year, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) estimated that about 30 percent of secondary schools in England were using biometric data.

The guidelines have been updated to take into account new measures in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The guidelines also direct schools to treat biometric data with appropriate care and makes them comply with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.

Find biometric solutions in our biometrics service directory.

Should biometrics be used in U.K. schools for payment and identification?

Article Topics

 |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


Digital identity leaders shepherd wallets into the mainstream

Discussion and debate at the European Identity and Cloud (EIC 2024) conference focused largely on how to achieve trust among…


Suprema, Strata Identity, Gunnebo gain security certifications

Recent certifications for Suprema, Strata Identity, Gunnebo and ISS reflect the broader industry trend towards stringent information security measures, ensuring…


Biometrics entering everyday activities via rising technologies

Biometrics underpin the new technologies that people will soon use on a daily basis for everything from payments to age…


Anticipation for Metalenz and Samsung’s answer to Face ID mounts

After Samsung and Metalenz collaborated to incorporate Samsung’s Isocell Vision 931 image sensor into Metalenz’s Polar ID imaging technology, Mashable…


Germany beefs up border security ahead of UEFA Championship

Germany has been ramping up security measures such as border checks and CCTV surveillance in preparation UEFA European Football Championship…


Inverid and Cybernetica team up to secure digital ID, signatures with biometric MFA

A new partnership has been formed by Inverid and Cybernetica to combine the NFC ID document-scanning capabilities of the former…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events