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Deptartment of Education UK - Two documents for schools informing of procedure with regards to legal obligation for schools to gain parental consent and to consult with parents and children as of September 2013:
Protection of Biometric Information of Children in Schools
Biometrics in schools - advice for schools and sixth-forms


Police are able to access a school biomertic database if they thought it would help the prevention of crime or detection of crime and not inform parents or child. (UK)
See 'More Schools - same misinformation' and  Home Affairs Committee 'A Surveillance Society' see questions 50 and 51

Fingerprint reconstruction - It is not certain whether fingerprints cannot be reconstructed from fingerprint biometric technology.
See 'Reconstructing fingerprint images from templates ' and 'Reverse engineering digital fingerprints '

AFIS  (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) databases store fingerprint data much like a school biometric system.  AFIS databases can be interoperble.

Security - No computer system is 100% secure. Deleting data is not the same as destroying data.  
A child's biometric data must be secure for the rest of its life. A child may have to use their biometric data in years to come.

Biometric fairlure - Biometric systems are vulnerable to two types of failures: a false-positive, in which a system falsely identifies an imposter as the valid user, and a false-negative, in which the system fails to make a match between a valid user and the stored template.

Types of biometrics used in schools - Biometric technologies used in UK schools since 2001 have included fingerprint scanners, infrared facial scans, iris scanning, infrared palm scanning and infrared fingertip scanning.

Application of biometrics in schools - Biometric systems in schools can be used for cashless catering, registration, library, lockers, payment of monies and access (including toilets)

Non statutory guidance was published in 2007 by the UK government quango BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, abolished after the Labour Party left Government) and the Information Commissioner's Office.  Schools did not have to adhere to advice given.

Experts and academics  concerns - Please see the link to Leave Them Kids Alone page on this site or to the internet archive site for experts concerns.

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