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Fingerprints are uniquely personal pieces of information and remain so
for the whole of your life.  As an identifier it has been a kingpin of
forensic evidence for over qone hundred years.  The question is do we
need to use something as personal, valuable, important and unchanging to
an individual as a fingerprint for the relatively mundane task of
issuing a library book for the convenience of the school.  What wrong
with library tickets? Are we going to have to produce DNA samples to get
our bins collected?

I never believe officals when they say say that these things will only
be used for one purpose, the fingerprint will soon end up in the hands
of the police, MI5, MI6, Home Office, Foreign Office and even DEFRA.
And how secure is your school network.


Chris Tinsley MSc
Wiltshire County Council
 
Information is the key

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tim Turner
Sent: 18 January 2007 08:43
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [data-protection] School fingerprinting: Warning: likely to
r aise blood pressure

Devil's advocate moment - if parents are consulted, and the data is not
re-used for an incompatible purpose, is there anything inherently wrong
with using a fingerprint ID for getting books out of the library? For
one thing, you never have to worry about forgetting your library card.

Tim Turner
Data Protection / FOI Officer
Legal and Property Services
Wigan Council

-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeremy Harmer
Sent: Wed 17 January 2007 15:58
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [data-protection] School fingerprinting: Warning: likely to
raise blood pressure

Our 8 year old is actually quite proud that his finger is now all he
needs to take books out of the school library, and as a result our 10
year old is anxious to not be left out.

He told me he had to have 6 (?) images taken of each index finger. If we
still have the letter we got about it I'll see what it said.

Some re-education in later life may be neccesary!

Jeremy


> -----Original Message-----
> 
> This report on the Register may cause a rise in blood pressure!
> 
> See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/17/fingerprinting_bolted/
> 
> Interesting reported view of the ICO that it is too late!
> 
> Mike

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