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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:42 UK time, Friday, 1 February 2008

What do you think about the idea in Flintshire that Buckley Elfed and Mold Alun schools are to adopt a fingerprinting scheme where pupils will use their print instead of cash to make purchases in the canteen? Flintshire Chronicle picks up on the concerns of one mother who reckons the idea is like fingerprinting criminals.

The scheme does offer an alternative. Children can use a pin number but. Under the scheme, credit will be added to pupils' account and then the system will make deductions. The idea is working elsewhere and a fingerprint can be used to sign out library books, etc.

Are you happy for children to have their identities registered in a system like this or is it a step too far, akin to the national identity scheme which, by the way, now appears to have been delayed until 2010, according to BBC News.

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