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 January 3, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Kirsten Johnson reports from Scotland:

A concerned mother has spoken out against plans to force Breadalbane Academy pupils to carry identity cards.

Madelaine Thorley is concerned young people might be denied access to the new community campus if they do not carry a National Entitlement/Young Scot card.

Parents were told the system was put in place to maximise security in the school building, but Ms Thorley believes it could in fact bring about a large-scale data protection breach.

She is worried the cards, which contain the pupil’s name, address, sex and date of birth, could “fall into the wrong hands.” Card users will also benefit from reduced prices on travel and food — which the mother thinks is a “bribe” to increase uptake.

Ms Thorley raised her concerns with head teacher Linda Swan, and alternative arrangements have now been made to allow her son entry, but she wants other parents to be given the choice. She feels too little information was distributed detailing the alternatives.

Read more in The Courier.

It’s good to see at least one parent raising concerns about these types of cards and what might happen in the event of a breach.

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