Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Civil rights row over school fingerprints

Patrick HarvieAround a dozen Scottish schools are scanning children's fingerprints before lending them books (thanks, Dave!). Another wave of schools is planning to install the technology. Parliamentarians are dismayed:

"I think many parents will be deeply shocked to learn that their children are being fingerprinted. I cannot imagine any justification for such intrusive use of technology in schools – how many books would a library need to lose each year to even make this system save money? We should be encouraging children to value their civil liberties, but instead there is a danger we will be teaching the next generation to surrender them without question." —Patrick Harvie MSP, convener, Scottish Parliament's cross-party group on human rights

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