Protection of children's biometric information in schools

Guidance for schools, sixth-form colleges, 16 to 19 academies and further education institutions wishing to use automated biometric recognition systems.

Applies to England



This guidance sets out the legal duties of schools and colleges that wish to use pupils’ biometric information with automated biometric recognition systems.

Updates to this page

Published 13 December 2012
Last updated 20 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes in the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR, provide an oversight of relevant legislation when processing pupil’s/student's sensitive data and give more detail about the responsibilities schools and colleges have as data controllers when using biometric technology.

  2. Updated guidance to extend use of biometric data to further education colleges.

  3. First published.

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