Over on the Register
, we find Schools can fingerprint children without parental consent
David Smith, deputy Information Commissioner, said it was a complex issue that was still being worked out, but it was likely that parents did not have an automatic right to decide whether their children's biometrics could be taken by a school.
"The Data Protection Act talks of consent of the individual - essentially that's consent of the child," he said.
I'm not sure I'm happy with that. Surely children are not in a position to properly determine the appropriateness of the use and the IT security aspects, to the same extent as their parents?
[Note: One could think of parallels with shoplifting, drug-taking, paedophilia, etc; even smoking tobacco (heaven forbid).]
The Government indicating to children that they do not have a duty of obedience to their parents, but only of duty to the Government, is reminiscent of other countries with extreme politics, to left and right, that we generally find unacceptably extreme.