Do you know if your child’s school is fingerprinting?

Lib Dem education spokesperson Sarah Teather has been busy highlighting the disturbing news that at least 285 schools in England are fingerprinting pupils without any guidance from the Government about how such data might be used.

Even more worrying, there is doubt about whether parental consent had been sought or obtained in most of those schools.

You can read the full party press release here.

This story, following hot-on-the-heels of the Lib Dems’ vigorous efforts to oppose the Labour/Tory alliance efforts to restrict freedom of information, shows our party’s commitment to the defence of civil liberties.

Well done, too, to the Lib Dem education team for gaining good media coverage on this issue, including in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sun.

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  • This has been going on for several years, quietly.

    The Blogosphere has been banging on about this for quite some time, so good to see a mainstream party finally picking up the cudgel.


    Leave them kids alone has been campaigning for a long time, but no-one appeared to be listening.

  • The piece refers to parental consent (which has to be given for vaccinations) not children’s.

  • Laurence if it was just the phsyical act of taking a finger print then fine. However for some facless wa*ker in some government office or anyone else for all we know to then have my childs finger print is something else. Do you prupose that we just all pop down to the local nick and get fingerprinted and DNA tested as Blair would want? Then its down to the polce/state ruling you “out” from a crime rather than ruling you “in” as a criminal, everyone is a suspect until you are told otherwise?!. The act of fingerprinting is not the problem its what someone or agency plan to do with it. It means that my son would be on a data base for near on his entire life and foe what purpose exactly??
    A vaccine is to stop them getting ill, the chop is sometims for medical reasons(although my boy’s is still intact!) but this as the saying goes “is something else!”

  • Hywel Morgan 7th Jun '07 - 9:32pm

    “Are we OK with chopping off dick (always with parental consent of course),”

    Just after I had held forth at some length in a medical law tutorial about how parental consent for male circumcision wasn’t valid as there was no benefit, some research came out suggesting there were health benefits

    An interesting point in this debate (and why circumcision is possibly relevant) is whether parental consent is necessarily enough. It isn’t always in medicine – broadly speaking there has to be a benefit to the child.

  • “I just don’t buy into the notion that the state is out to monitor me, restrict all my freedoms, and generally make my life a misery. But if it is, then it’s the state that we elected, so we would only have ourselves to blame.”

    Actually, Laurence, just 35% of those voting backed Labour in 2005, and that was only just over 20% of the electorate as a whole.

  • One could argue, Laurence, that the LibDems and the Tories did provide a credible alternative. A majority (54%) of those voting supported either one or the other.

    If the voting system was fairer then the 22.1% of people voting LibDem would have been more accurately represented in the Commons, with about 150 MPs speaking up for them.

  • passing tory 6th Apr '08 - 4:52pm

    drop the silly bar-graph from election leaflets

    Lawrence, how can you dare speak of such things? 🙂 Be careful or you might end up on the wrong side of a bizarre punting accident or something …

    Are you _sure_ you’re a Lib Dem?

  • Pinch me am i dreaming? !! The day my daughter’s brought home a letter about finger printing for library books… i did not need to think twice.. it was a DEFINITE NO !! I think about all those futuristic Sci Fi films like Equilibrium for example… Big brother is not the program on tv. Our freedom and rights are slowly going down the drain at an alarming rate. In the future we wont have names just numbers LOL . When you think about how data is collected… all systems are connected… they probably know how many times you take a shite and what was partly digested never mind ,who you are and where you live. How about the online surveys in return for free ipods or discount vouchers… It might seem insignificant.. but what information are they extracting from you without you realizing it. They can build up a crystal clear picture of you over time without you being aware. They check into your emails.. listen to your phone calls even send subliminal messages . Did you know that fluoride in drinking water was used in concentration camps on jews? were they really concerned about the condition of their teeth??? are we really that dumb… fluoride is used for mind control. So before you say Oh well wha’ts the harm in it ?… Look at the BIGGER PICTURE. Where does it ever end ???. So when you next step outside your front door, look up smile and wave…because you never know BIG BROTHER MAYBE WATCHING YOU !!!

  • Fingerprinting of school children is manifestly objectionable. It is intrusive, its sole purpose is to help the state watch and control us, and it brands the children concerned as criminals. (The school is basically saying to the kids: we don’t trust you.)

    I am in favour of vaccination of infants. Not so long ago I challenged a guy for posting on his site a piece aimed at persuading parents not to vaccinate their children and maintaining not only that rubella is harmless but that vaccination makes children more likely to get it. It told him he was irresponsible to post this trash, but he would have none of it.

    Circumcision of infants should not be permitted expect for genuine medical reasons. Nelson Mandela has called for an end to the practice and I know Jewish people who think the same way (one of them, an Israeli citizen, told me it is “barbaric”). If adults wish to mutilate themselves for religious reasons, then they can take their penknives out and do it.

    A national DNA database would do little to assist the fight against crime (most crimes are committed by people who already have criminal records and will be on the database anyway). What a national database would do is make it much easier for the Police to fit people up.

  • Well doing a google search ..i came across this posting on Whether its 100% correct i don’t know… but it certainly is food for thought… Do you wear blinkers..are you a bleeting sheep?
    Leave Them Kids Alone

    Does anyone else find it spooky that they are fingerprinting innocent kids in British schools? Even more spooky is the fact that it is VeriCool which runs the fingerprint registration systems in 22 UK schools. Part of Anteon, a division of the massive defence contractor General Dynamics, Anteon also has the contract to run courses on interrogation and counter-intelligence at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, headquarters of the US Army Intelligence Center where they train interrogators for Guantanamo Bay. Nice.

  • Martin Land 11th Jun '08 - 4:46pm

    My children’s school is not fingerprinting my children; if it were, I would immediately withdraw them.

    It’s bad enough that they spend half the day on useless nonsense without them being treated as criminals as well!

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