Pupils ‘should not be forced to give fingerprints’

Forcing schoolchildren to give fingerprints in order to get their lunches should be forbidden, the Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) has said.

Children at schools in the town of Lerum have to prove that they have paid for school lunches by giving their fingerprints or handprints. Once their prints have been compared with a database, a machine releases their plates.

The data inspection board is taking Lerum Council to The Supreme Administrative Court in an attempt to put a stop to the practice.

The Administrative Court of Appeal already gave the go-ahead to the schools to use fingerprints, but the board argues that the school should find another way to identify pupils. The requirement to use fingerprints or handprints is a violation of pupils’ personal integrity, it argues.