PARENTS can keep tabs on their children's lunchtime choices in new technology at Torquay Academy.
The dining room at the school already uses finger print scanning technology.
Now the school wants to upgrade the system to allow parents to:
- See what pupils are buying
- Pre order to avoid queues
- Limit daily spend
"We can check students are having a meal and parents can also check that the child is taking a meal and what they are eating.
"Parents can control the amount they spend at break and lunch time and a further advantage is that students do not have to carry cash with them during the day."
The school is asking parents for permission to use the system to comply with the Protection of Freedom Act 2012.
The system has been criticised by parent Paul Raybould who is concerned about the intrusion.
He said: "It does seem a bit like Big Brother scanning the fingerprints of students.
"My concern is what security is there of the data that is being kept."
The letter to parents includes a list of FAQs.
It assures parents that the fingerprint image is not itself stored but converted into 'a unique code' on one database.
The code is for use in the dining system only.