The Biometric System

The biometric system is an automated recognition of information held on your child, this is not your child’s fingerprint but rather a series of numbers created from your child’s fingerprint. A fingerprint scanner system has two basic jobs - it needs to obtain an image of a finger, and then determine whether the pattern of ridges and valleys in this image matches the pattern of ridges and valleys in pre-scanned images.

Only specific characteristics, which are unique to every fingerprint, are filtered and saved as an encrypted biometric key or mathematical representation. No image of a fingerprint is ever saved, only a series of numbers (a binary code), which is used for verification. The algorithm cannot be reconverted to an image, so no one can duplicate your child’s fingerprint.

The law places specific requirements on Academy’s when using student’s personal information, such as biometric information, for the purposes of an automated biometric recognition system.

For example:

  1. The Academy cannot use the information for any purpose other than those for which it was originally obtained and made known to the parent/carers (i.e. catering)
  2. The Academy must ensure that the information is stored securely;    
  3. The Academy must tell you what it intends to do with the information;
  4. Unless the law allows it, the Academy cannot disclose personal Information to any third party.
  5. Your child’s biometric information will only be shared with the supplier of the biometric system. This is necessary in order to set it up.

As stated above, in order to be able to use your child’s biometric information, the written consent of at least one parent is required. However, consent given by one parent will be overridden if the other parent objects in writing to the use of their child’s biometric information. Similarly, if your child objects to this, the Academy cannot collect or use his/her biometric information for inclusion on the automated recognition system. Any consent, withdrawal of consent or objection from a parent must be in writing.

From September 2016 cash will not be accepted in the Canteen. Payment will only be accepted by Biometric finger printing or pin. If you do not wish your child’s biometric information to be processed by the Academy, or your child objects to such processing, we will issue them with a Pin which is verified with their name and photo on the till points. Your money or the Free School Meal allocation will be automatically credited to this pin

If you give consent to the processing of your child’s biometric information, please sign, date and return the enclosed consent form to the Academy.

Please note that when your child leaves the Academy, or if for some other reason they cease to use the biometric system, their biometric data will be securely deleted

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