POLAND: A Polish priest has installed in his church an electronic fingerprint reader for schoolchildren


Priest fingerprinting schoolchildren: A Polish priest has installed in his church an electronic fingerprint reader for schoolchildren preparing for the sacrament of confirmation. Before last summer holidays pupils of a high school in the southwestern town of Gryfów Slaski were fingerprinted by the priest from the local parish of St Hedvige. Over three years of their high school education they will have their fingerprints scanned on an electronic reader every time they go to the church to confirm their attendance to the mass and other obligatory worships. Such a high-tech means of authentication of pupils raised concerns among Polish state agencies responsible for protecting personal data and civil liberties. Both General Office for Data Protection (GIODO) and Polish Ombudsman Office declared they will undertake necessary action to check legality of this unusual church procedure. See: Reuters, Polish priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance (link)

 

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