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Schools fight fat with fingerprinting
Civil liberty groups are worried because pupils are being asked to pay for meals by scanning their fingerprints into a machine instead of using cash.
The scanning machine debits the cost of their food from their account and also stores information about any allergies, so that pupils can be alerted to foods they cannot eat. It can also give parents details of their child’s diet.
Several schools have started using fingerprinting identification for library books, but only Humphrey Perkins High School, in Leicestershire, has used it for meals.
Brinkburn School, in South Tyneside, announced yesterday that it was also installing a fingerprint recognition system, which it would start operating next month, and Derbyshire County Council said that it was piloting a similar scheme for five of its schools.
“We decided to go for fingerprint identification, or biometrics, instead of swipe cards because there is nothing to lose — everyone brings their finger to school.”