Fingerprinting of UK school kids causes outcry

privacy       2002-07-22 
The widespread fingerprinting of UK primary school children has been roundly condemned by watchdog Privacy International.
The human rights watchdog today warned that tens of thousands of UK school children are being fingerprinted by schools, often without the knowledge or consent of their parents.
This under-reported electronic finger printing is being conducted as part of a cost cutting "automation" of school libraries. Privacy International has condemned the procedure, branding it "dangerous, illegal and unnecessary".