From: Camden New Journal
By JOSIE HINTON
Feb 14, 2011
PUPILS at one of Camden’s top secondary schools may have to provide fingerprints to get their school lunches.
Scanners could be installed at Parliament Hill School in Highgate Road, Highgate, to speed up queues in the canteen.
Replacing the current swipe cards, the cashless system would use students’ biometric data to record payments for school meals.
If approved, Parliament Hill will become the first state school in Camden to use the technology as part of students’ daily routine.
Staff say it would save “time and money” by tackling the problem of lost or broken cards, but critics argue that it is a “softening up” exercise to condition children to accept a creeping surveillance society.
Aza Lorentz, a parent who wrote to the New Journal raising concerns over the proposals, said: “The current photo ID card is sufficient, and it acts as lunch card as well as identity.