Date lodged: 3 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether the use of biometric technology to pay for school lunches has been introduced without parents being consulted and, if so, whether it considers this to be acceptable.
Answered by: John Swinney 13 September 2018
The introduction of biometric technology systems in schools is a matter for education authorities and schools. The Scottish Government has published guidance on the use and implementation of biometric identification systems in schools, which aims to support them in their decision-making about the introduction and implementation of biometric systems in Scottish schools.
This guidance is clear that the views of parents, pupils and school staff should be taken into account as part of the decision-making process to introduce and implement biometric technology systems. This guidance is available on the Scottish Government's website through the following link: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2010/11/11112141/0 .