GDPR and BIOMETRICS INTRODUCTION

Dear Parent/Carer,

As a school we are improving our payment and communication systems.

From Monday 4th June, the school will be operating a new catering payment system that works through biometrics.  This will replace the current card system.

What is Biometric Authentication?

Biometric authentication is a security process which uses unique biological characteristics of an individual to verify who they are. Biometric authentication systems compare a biometric data capture against a stored piece of data held in a database. If both samples of the biometric data match, authentication is confirmed.

How will St Julian’s School use Biometric Authentication?

We will use an image of your child’s fingerprint to authenticate use of the canteen payment systems.

The system will turn the image of the fingerprint into a mathematical algorithm, the image is then deleted. The information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of your child’s fingerprint.

When a student leaves school, all the data will be deleted from the system.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

GDPR comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and replaces the Data Protection Directive with the aim of harmonising data privacy laws across Europe. Many of the key areas remain the same with some aspects of the regulations strengthened. As such we are adapting some of our practice to ensure we are in line with this new legislation. More information regarding GDPR can be found on the school website.

You can find more information regarding GDPR and the use of biometrics at St Julian’s School on our webpage or feel free to contact us if you have any further queries.