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Biometric identification systems in schools: Guidance for education authorities, learning establishments and schools

DescriptionThis guidance is to support schools and education authorities in their consideration of the use and implementation of biometric identification systems.
ISBN9780755997404
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2010
Website Publication DateNovember 12, 2010

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GOOD GOVERNANCE•SCHOOLS•PROTECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION

ISBN 978 0 7559 9740 4 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 10902

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Contents

Introduction

What is biometric technology?

Biometric technology systems
School fingerprint or palm recognition systems
Examples of the use of biometric technology in schools

Legislative context
The legal position and the Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998
Other legislation

Consideration of the introduction of biometric identification systems
Issues to be carefully considered before electing to put in place a biometric identification system

Implementation of biometric identification systems
Pupil and parent consent
Security
Accuracy
Access and use of data
Retention
Data protection policy
Taking account of the needs of pupils with disabilities
Critical risk management

Appendix 1
Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998