Biometric technology in schools

Department for Education did not have the information requested.

Dear Department for Education,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please provide data for the following:

These questions are specifically relating to schools/establishments up to the age of 18.

1) Please advise the number of complaints the Department of Education has received by either parents/carers or students since 2012 surrounding the issues of consent, taking and processing of biometric data in education.


2) Have the Department of Education ever tested, inspected or otherwise (please advise) the standard and/or specification of any hardware or software of biometric technology used in schools.


3) Please advise the biometric technology standards that the Department of Education requires to be used in schools. I.e, British Standard, encryption standard, etc.


4) Please give a list of suppliers that provide biometric technology to schools.


5) Please advise what type of biometrics are being used in schools.
 I.e. fingerprints, facial recognition, etc.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and in such case please could you release available data as soon as possible rather than delay the entire request. If you are not fully certain of what it is I am asking then I look forward to contact from you as soon as possible to clarify what it is I am requesting in order to meet your obligations under the law. If the costs of processing this request exceed the limit in the Act, please advise on what information you are able to supply within the cost limit.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Pippa King,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 2 July
2021, in which you asked for the following information:

“Dear Department for Education,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please provide data for the
following:

These questions are specifically relating to schools/establishments up to
the age of 18.

1) Please advise the number of complaints the Department of Education has
received by either parents/carers or students since 2012 surrounding the
issues of consent, taking and processing of biometric data in education.


2) Have the Department of Education ever tested, inspected or otherwise
(please advise) the standard and/or specification of any hardware or
software of biometric technology used in schools.


3) Please advise the biometric technology standards that the Department of
Education requires to be used in schools. I.e, British Standard,
encryption standard, etc.


4) Please give a list of suppliers that provide biometric technology to
schools.


5) Please advise what type of biometrics are being used in schools.
 I.e.
fingerprints, facial recognition, etc.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and in such
case please could you release available data as soon as possible rather
than delay the entire request. If you are not fully certain of what it is
I am asking then I look forward to contact from you as soon as possible to
clarify what it is I am requesting in order to meet your obligations under
the law. If the costs of processing this request exceed the limit in the
Act, please advise on what information you are able to supply within the
cost limit.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

The Department does not hold any of the information you have requested.

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remember to quote the reference number (2021-0033572) in any future
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Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

Office of the Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Digital and Technology Directorate
Department for Education

 

Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

FAO: FOI Officer
Office of the Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Digital and Technology Directorate
Department for Education

Please could you advise which other Government Department might hold this information?
Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Pippa King

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Thank you for contacting the Department for Education. We can confirm that
we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Pippa King,
 

The Department is unaware of any other Government Departments holding
biometric data on students and pupils.
 

Yours sincerely,

Office of the Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Digital and Technology Directorate
Department for Education