Richard Garner
London Independent
January 3, 2014

At least 1/3 of the schools did not even bother to ask for parents' permission for their children's fingerprints. Credit: Metrónomo via Wiki
At least 1/3 of the schools did not even bother to ask for parents’ permission for their children’s fingerprints. Credit: Metrónomo via Wiki

More than a million pupils have been fingerprinted at their secondary school – thousands without their parents’ consent, according to new research published on Friday.

Figures show that four out of 10 secondary schools now use biometric technology as a means of identifying pupils – with nearly a third failing in their duty to seek parental consent before introducing the system.

The figures are based on Freedom of Information request returns from 1,255 schools to the civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch with the group warning pupils will grow up believing “it is normal to be tracked like this all the time”.

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