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EC Asks UK About Fingerprinting

PRIVACY LAW—EU

December 15, 2010

The European Commission, acting on the concerns of the Article 29 Working Party, wants to know more about Britain's collection of schoolchildren's fingerprints, The Telegraph reports. More than 3,000 schools in the UK are using fingerprint technology to deduct students' lunch payments and loan books, for example. In a letter to British authorities, the commission wrote, "We should be obliged if you could provide us with additional information both regarding the processing of the biometric data of minors in schools, with particular reference to the proportionality and necessity in the light of the legitimate aims sought to be achieved, and the issue concerning the availability of judicial redress."
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