'cashless' system is now in place to buy food from the canteen. This system uses
fingerprint recognition technology to link pupils to their individual school dinner
accounts. These can be credited by putting cash into the payment machines outside
the school hall, or via Parent Pay on the Internet.
Please be assured that pupils' fingerprints will NOT be stored or passed in any way to other government agencies. The specialist scanners record points from the pupil's finger and converts the information to a code which is then encrypted for extra security. It is this encrypted code that is stored on a secure server on our network, not the fingerprint itself. When a pupil leaves the school their information is permanently deleted from the system.
Both the Information Commissioner and the Department for Education and Skills confirm that they have no Data Protection concerns resulting from this technology being used in school canteens/libraries.
Should you require any further information or have any concerns about this; please can you put them in writing, providing contact details for us to reply to.