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The Use of Biometrics

Biometric technologies are those which automatically measure people’s physiological or behavioural characteristics. Examples include automatic fingerprint identification, iris and retina scanning, face recognition and hand geometry, and their use is becoming increasingly common in both public and private sectors.

Schools have over the last few years begun to use automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) for registration, library book borrowing and cashless catering.

The DfE has updated its advice on the processing of students’ biometric data. (19 December 2012)

For further advice and guidance please navigate to the DfE website:

Notification and consent form templates are also available on the DfE website:

More information:

Advice for Schools Considering the Use of Biometrics or Schools Already Using Biometrics SITSS Newsletter - June 2012
ICO Guidance on Biometrics
Information Commissioner's Office
Parliament News – Bills & Legislation