Monthly Archives: December 2012


The UK Department of Education has announced that schools will no longer be permitted to take pupils’ fingerprints or other biometric data without gaining parents’ permission. I am a firm believer in the use of biometric technology to further public safety and efficiency. However, a key consideration in the use of this technology should be proportionality; is the collection of such sensitive data justified for the benefit realised? Biometric data by its very nature is sensitive and absolute assurance must be provided that it will managed, secured and used appropriately. Given this, the consent of those whose data will be captured should […]

UK Schools banned from fingerprinting pupils without parental consent


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A very interesting piece to spark debate regarding safety versus privacy. WARNING: There are one or two minor instances of less than desirable language, mainly due to the state of annoyance of those being videoed. I do not believe (though I’m not a legal expert) that the person filming did anything illegal, yet people clearly took offence at his actions. The point the cameraman is obviously trying to make is why then do people so willingly accept being recorded by surveillance cameras? I think the main point this film misses, in my opinion, is that people do not understand the purpose […]

Man Films People in Public. Interesting Statement on Surveillance and ...