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Pupils: Biometrics

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much expenditure his Department has incurred in facilitating the collection of biometric data in schools to date; (276640)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the secure holding of biometric data gathered by schools;

(3) how many maintained schools in each region use biometric devices.

No expenditure has been incurred by the Department, this is a decision which is made entirely within each school, and each school finds resources from within existing school budgets.

Schools are responsible for the security of personal data under the Data Protection Act. The lead agency for technology in schools, Becta, has provided data security guidance for schools which emphasises their legal responsibilities.

Data on numbers of schools in each region are not collected centrally, the decision to use biometric devices is left to individual schools, and no central funding is provided.