Can fingerprints be used by any other agency?

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5 May 2011



Dear Parents


In order to
streamline payments being made to school
,
particularly

initially

for school lunches,
we
will shortly be implementing
a cashless catering system

using Biometrics authentication
.


Biometrics authentication i
s the automatic recognition of a living being using suitable body
characteristics. By measuring an individual's physical features in an authentication inquiry
and comparing this
with information stored on a database
, the identity of a specific user is
det
ermined.
M
any biometric features can be used for authentication purposes
including

finge
r
print, signature, iris, retina, DNA
, and t
his

increasingly popular technology

is being
used
by many banks, supermarkets and schools around the country
. Indeed
, we
al
ready

use
it

in
the School

Library.


Students,
parents and staff can rest assured that the fingerprint images cannot be used by
any other source for identification purposes. The system uses an image of the fingerprint to
create a mathematical algorithm an
d then discards the fingerprint; only the numbers remain
and these cannot be reinterpreted back into a fingerprint image. Fingerprinting is purely
voluntary and those not wishing to sign up will still be able to use a pin number.


I would like to relay a n
umber of frequently asked q
uestions

about the system below:


Why do you need to take my child’s fingerprint?

B y t a k i n g a n i m a g e o f y o u r c h i l d ’ s
f i n g e r p r i n t w e c a n t u r n t h i s i n f o r m a t i o n i n t o a d i g i t a l s i g n a t u r e.

T h i s w i l l t h e n b e u s e d
i n s t e a d
o f
c a s h o r
F
r e e Me a l c a r d
s w h e n p u r c h a s i n g f o o d
.


C a n f i n g e r p r i n t s b e u s e d b y a n y o t h e r a g e n c y?

No, the sof tware we use turns your chi l d’ s
fi ngerpri nt i n to a mathemati cal al gori thm.

The i mage of the f i nger
pri nt i s then di scarded.

The
i nf ormati on that i s stored can
not be used to recreate an i mage of the chi l d’ s f i ngerpri nt
.


What ha
ppens when my chi l d l eaves the s
chool?

When a student leaves school all data can
be deleted very easily.


How does it work?

Wh e n t h e c h i l d p l a c e s h i s/h e r f i n g e r o n t h e s c a n n e r, t h e s o f t
w a r e
ma t c h e s t h e i r f i n g e r p r i n t w i t h t h e u n i q u e d i g i t a l s i g n a t u r e h e l d i n t h e d a t a b a s e.


I f y o u h a v e a n y f u r t h e r q u e r i e s a b o u t t h i s

p r o c e s s
, p l e a s e d o n ’ t h e s i t a t e t o c o n t a c t my
B u s i n e s s Ma n a g e r, Mr s B o y e s, a t t h e s c h o o l.
I f y o u
D O N O T

w i s h

y o u r c h i l d t o b e

i n c l u d e d i n
t h e B i o me t r i c A u t h e n t i c a t i o n p r o c e s s
, I w o u l d b e g r a t e f u l i f y o u c o u l d c o mp l e t e t h e t e a r o f f s l i p
b e l o w a n d r e t u r n i t t o
t h e s c h o o l R e c e p t i o n

b y
Mo n d a y 1
6
th

May 2011
.

Any child whose
authentication is not taken will be given an alternative way

to access the cashless system.


Yours sincerely


G J Walker

Headteacher




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Biometric Authenticatio
n


Pupil Na
me: ……………………………………………………………

(Please print)

Form: ……………………



I
DO NOT

wish my child to be included in the Biometric
Authentication process.


Sig
ned: ………………………………………………………………

(Parent/Guardian)

Date: ……………………


Please ONLY return this form to Recept
ion if
you DO NOT want your child

to
be included in the Biometric Authentication process


Castlegate Drive
Cockermouth

Cumbria

CA13 9HF


Telephone:


01900 898888


Facsimile:


01900 898889



Headteacher:

Mr G J Walker

BA, MBA



Emai l: recept i on@coc
kermout hschool.org ∙ Websi t e: www.cockermout hschool.org

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