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


Protection of biometric information of children in schools


The legal duties of schools and colleges that wish to use pupils’ biometric information with automated biometric recognition systems.

The duties of schools in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out in this guidance came into effect from 1 September 2013.

Published 13 December 2012
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance to extend use of biometric data to further education colleges.

  2. First published.