COMMENT & ANALYSIS: An Intrusion on Pupils' Privacy

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), August 16, 2006 | Go to article overview
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COMMENT & ANALYSIS: An Intrusion on Pupils' Privacy


THE internet has become a powerful tool for campaigners to get their message across to a wide audience very quickly. And there will certainly be a considerable amount of concern among parents who read in today's Liverpool Daily Post about schools fingerprinting pupils.

According to a parental action group, called LeaveThemKidsAlone, thousands of children are being fingerprinted in schools, often without their parents' per mission.

Several schools from within Merseyside and Cheshire appear on a list being created by parents who find out their children are being identified in this way.

In many cases, it appears fingerprinting is being used to enable modern technology to record who is using, and borrowing books from, school libraries.

While schools have to do everything they can to promote security, privacy campaigners feel that it will just make children more agreeable to initiatives such as ID cards and DNA testing when they are older.

The allegation is also being made that, in some cases, the schools didn't get parental permission beforehand.

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