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Pupils: Fingerprints

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in England have the ability to collect and hold fingerprint data for pupils; and if he will make a statement. (156969)

We have no information on the number of schools with the ability to collect and hold fingerprint data for pupils. There is no requirement for schools to inform the Department when they introduce any biometric technology systems. The systems used in schools collect and hold data generated from fingerprints but not images of fingerprints themselves.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fingerprints have been collected of pupils in English schools; and if he will make a statement. (156970)

Fingerprints are not collected in schools only algorithmic data generated by them. There is no requirement for schools to inform the Department when they introduce any biometric technology system.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance has been given to schools on collecting and holding fingerprint data for pupils. (156971)

On behalf of the Department, Becta, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, issued guidance for head teachers, governors and parents on 23 July. This guidance can be found on the Becta website at:

http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=lv&catcode=ss_Iv_saf_dp_03&rid=14160.