Biometric plans for Midlothian high schools

Futuristic fingerprint technology could be coming to high school canteens across the county – prompting fears of “big brother” type surveillance.

Midlothian Council has agreed to launch a consultation into the biometric option contained with its “Cashless Catering” system.

Secondary schools have used the system – in which pupils pay for lunches using a swipe card or PIN – since 2003.

However, fingerprint technology contained with the system has so far not been used.

For full story, see The Advertiser, Thursday, May 5.