Friday, December 08, 2006
You know you are in a police state, when children are having their fingerprints taken without having committed a crime.
Holland Park School recently proudly became one of the UK's first school to fingerprint every pupil, in an effort to monitor their attendance.
It plans to build a database so that children can be identified, and their time of arrival recorded in a "Live Register", by pressing a finger on an electronic pad.
Children who do not press the pad will be recorded as absent.
Here is a page from the school's website explaining the system (it also has a photo of the fingerprint "gizmo"), Holland Park School.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in which Holland Park School is located, denied that the database is being developed as part of Nanny's proposal to build a Children's Index, a national database of under 12s.
"All data is retained in the school
as part of our current database
and will not be shared with any third party."
So that's alright then!
Am I the only person who suspects that the privacy controls over this "live register" will be open to abuse and interference by Nanny and others?
The issue with all of these "improved" IT methods of monitoring us etc is that there is no way to trust the current government, or governments in the future, not to misuse the data being collected.
As has always been the case, the less the state knows about the private lives of it honest citizens, the better.
Why not drop the council a note expressing your views on the subject?
Here is their email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the list of concillors, with their email addresses, Councillors.