I've just read the Conserable Coalition Manifesto and noticed this:
Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.
C'mon then, who's been doing it (and how much are mls going to lose out!)
Good idea in my opionion. No parent in there right mind would allow it!
Actually, I suspect a large percentage of parents would allow it, for catering system use anyway, better than their child continually losing their card.
We fingerprinted pretty much all the kids here a while back, when we introduced our new cashless catering system. We didn't do it without notice though - we advertised it in our school newsletter twice and sent a letter home to parents also. Only 3 families opted to not have their children scanned, and these pupils all have physical tokens instead which are scanned.
My guess would be that school admissions forms, and data checking forms will simply gain a new 'We operate a cashless catering system/registration system which uses fingerprints, if you would not like your child to be scanned please tick here' entry or similar.
Why?Good idea in my opionion. No parent in there right mind would allow it!
We have a small number of schools using the system for catering. There was a story in the local rag, which soon blew over.
I really don't see what the objection to this is...it's not as if we pass the fingerprint info to the police!
If parents have so little trust in schools then why do they leave their kids in our care!
And that would bad becuase...it's not as if we pass the fingerprint info to the police!
Who says the school is responsible for the data? Some companies keep the data... so its not just about school trust.
I dont see why this is done in the first place, its not as if schools have not been able to give out book or meals before.
Still, no bio-ID cards now means no need to prepare the children for a bio-ID society.
There is the whole issue of getting permission (or rather giving the choice to opt out of it) which is the same with most school activities (photos / video / internet access / etc) so yes, if they don't trust the school ..
The police are only allowed to use records they have obtained legitimately so if they need to check the finger prints of children in a school to rule people out (or catch a culprit) then they would have to send in a forensics team anyway to obtain them, which would be yet another permission slip for the parents).
Adding another nail to this coffin, the last time I saw these systems, the fingerprints are stored electronically (and often, hopefully encrypted), and I would suspect these are not admissable as ID, as they are, compared to an ink imprint of a persons hand, fakeable.
It's not like a high resolution photograph of your finger, and the way they store the data is not necessarily the same as what the police would use to store their fingerprints.
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