UK: Just chip ’em

February 20, 2008 at 11:07 pm 2 comments

Security theatre at its best or just plain daft? Take your pick…

Thanks to Dave Kearns’ IdM Newsletter pointing me to an article about a Wales nursery, Nursery installs hi-tech fingerprint security system.

The school has introduced a fingerprint scanning system that allows only authorised parents and staff to access the nursery. Apparently, this is to reassure parents following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. There are additional unspecified “video and audio systems.”

Why not just chip the kids and be done with it? Make the chips GPS-trackable and all those concerned parents and school authorities can be assured that their wee tots are safe. Better still, parents can locate ’em any time online. That’ll be handy as tots have a nasty habit of becoming teens.

Entry filed under: biometrics, identity, privacy, security, UK.

Thank you Mahalo Booze and privacy

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Temporary Test Blog » Blog Archive » UK: Just chip ‘em  |  February 20, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    […] Original post by Vikram […]

  • 2. John Edwards  |  February 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I was once asked to advise a preschool which was proposing to put webcams in every room, and issue logon IDs and passwords so concerned parents could check up on their precious tots (and presumably their precious tots friends, and the staff) from anywhere, anytime.

    I did ponder for a while on how long it would take before the site was hacked and passwords made avaiable to pedo voyeurs and the like – or images were made widely available online.

    Who do you suppose has the greater resouces to keep abreast of security – a small provincial playcentre, or the rest of the world with a browser and acces to the web?

    Perhaps I am lapsing into paranoid luddite technophobe mode – I mean as long as it gives the anxious parents peace of mind, it can’t be a bad thing can it?


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