DfE publishes updated guidance for biometrics use in schools

26/07/2022 | UK Government

The Department for Education has updated its guidance for the protection of biometric data of children in schools and colleges. The release comes after the publication of a wide-ranging review by the Ada Lovelace Institute into the use of biometrics across England and Wales, which called for new legislation. A second review looking at the State of Biometrics 2022: A Review of Policy and Practice in UK Education outlines concerns about the intrusiveness of biometric data in educational settings. The latest updates incorporate changes to the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, along with additional detail on the responsibilities of schools as data controllers.

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