In the canteen at Valley School in Worksop, students pay for lunch by placing the tip of their finger on an electronic scanner. It matches their print against a stored image and debits their account accordingly. No cards, no cash, no queues. “It’s a very simple system,” says head Brian Rossiter. “None of the hassle of lost or forgotten swipe cards.”
But this “simple system” may be about to get more complex. New legislation due later this year will oblige schools to get written permission from parents to take pupils’ biometric data. “A bureaucratic nightmare,” warns Mr Rossiter
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