posted on May, 4 2009 @ 05:50 AM
Our school cafeteria has always used a swipe card system, to make it "quicker and easier" to go to lunch, get what you want quickly etc... and they
state that above all, the intention is to reduce the risk of our money going astray.
They have now taken this one up and are using biometrics as a way of identifying us. Now, thank God, I'm in my final year so it doesn't really
bother me, but just before Christmas they made it MANDATORY for all pupils in the school (including 6th formers, the UK equivalent of sophomores or
Freshman I think) to have their fingerprints scanned into a system. The company that does the scanning and database storage is not the same company
that provides the food or any other school service, we're not told the name or what else they are holding on us. My IT teacher is quite the
conspiracy theorist himself and we've both commented numerous times on how it must surely breach the data protection act in some way. I managed to
slip out of the queue and avoid having my fingerprint scanned, but it does make me wonder, what are they going to do to "improve security" in the
future? Retina Scan? I mean, why does a very popular, good-performing school need all this security?