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FAQ19: Biometrics in Schools

19. What do I need to know about biometrics in schools and biometrics and children?

The Biometrics Institute is promoting the responsible use of biometrics and has been doing so since 2002. We have developped several guiding documents and worked with other organisations addressing this issue.

It is important that any organisation looking at implementing biometrics first consults with those group most affected by the implemention. Privacy Impact Assessments are also important.

Users should also be given the option to opt-out. And in some cases this consultation may show that a biometric is not the right solution.

In the context of schools and children, parents should therefore be consulted first.

Here are some useful links:

Biometrics Institute Privacy Advice

British Standards Institution's Guide on Biometrics

UK Department of Education Information about automated biometric recognition systems

UK Department of Education Protection of Biometric Information of Children in Schools Dec 2012

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 26-28 deal specifically with biometrics in schools)
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/9/contents

DfE advice on the protection of biometric information of children in schools:
http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/advice/f00218617/biometric-recognition-systems-

The Becta guidance that the DfE advice replaces:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2007/jul/uk-biometrics-in-schools.pdf

The Scottish Government guidance on biometrics in schools:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/11/11112141/0

 

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