Parents at Charles Dickens Primary School have expressed concern over a new library lending system that uses biometric data from pupils.
The leaflet handed out last week
Ms Penfold, who has lived on the Rockingham Estate for more than two decades, was last week joined at the school by Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones to hand out leaflets to parents.
In a statement, headteacher Elizabeth Owens – who was last year named teacher of the year – told us: "We had professional advice over the best available computer software, and the chosen, very popular, system involves the use of thumb-printing for identification. The actual thumb-print image is not stored and the data cannot be used for any other purpose.
"This week we informed parents of the lending system and thereby gave them the opportunity to comment on any issues they might have with this. We did not expect any problems, but those who have expressed dislike for the idea of thumb-printing can ask for their child to be identified by a barcode system instead."
The school's new library opened last November.
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