Biometric Catering

We use biometric information about your child as part of an automated (electronically operated) facial recognition system. It is for use in catering, helping us serve students more quickly at break and lunchtimes and ensuring they spend less time queueing.

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 26 to 28) we are required to notify each parent of a child and obtain the written consent of at least one parent before being able to use a child’s biometric information for an automated system.

How we use the information

The system takes measurements of your child’s face and converts these measurements into a template to be stored on the system. An image of your child’s face is not stored. The template (ie the measurements) is what is used to permit your child to use the facial recognition system.

The law places specific requirements on schools and colleges when using personal information, such as biometric information, about students for the purposes of an automated biometric recognition system. For example:

  • We cannot use the information for any purpose other than those for which it was originally obtained
  • We must ensure that the information is stored securely
  • We must tell you what we intend to do with the information
  • Unless the law allows it, we cannot disclose personal information to another person/body

The only body we share the information with is Cunninghams, who are the makers of the biometric software.

Providing your consent/objecting

We need the written consent of at least one parent to be able to use your child’s biometric information. However, Department for Education guidance states that consent given by one parent will be overridden if the other parent objects in writing to the use of their child’s biometric information. Similarly, if your child has an objection, we cannot collect or use their biometric information.

You can also object to the proposed processing of your child’s biometric information at a later stage or withdraw any consent you have previously given. This means that, if you give consent but later change your mind, you can withdraw this consent. Please note that any consent, withdrawal of consent or objection from a parent must be in writing.

Even if you have consented, your child can object or refuse at any time to their biometric information being taken/used. Your child’s objection does not need to be in writing.

If you do not want us to process your child’s biometric information, or your child objects, the law says that we must provide reasonable alternative arrangements.

Please note that when your child leaves Ridgeway, or if for some other reason they cease to use the biometric system, their biometric data will be securely deleted