Ex-Employee of a sister company here. There's a lot more that this article doesn't touch on.
Big brother watch (err.. "BBW"?) are a little late.
.Capita and its 'Sims' product have been taking individual student photos for a very very long time. Which were, and are, used in schools as identity.
.Biostore have been capturing student fingerprints since 2005.
.Cunninghams have been operating cashless catering for students for a long time.
.EasyTrace was another.
There are many more companies involved already that go unnamed nor acknowledged.
There is an incestuous relationship between these companies. Like all data dependent companies, the data is all export > conversion > import when changing to a new solution provider, and all that data is based on a unique identifier.
Just one field, and all the other associated data goes with it.
Example: Sims has fields for passport numbers, parents marital status etc.
Data (biometric or otherwise) is exported and imported into systems, therefore exposed to a lot more 3rd parties.
Cunninghams doesn't see the big deal because It's another day to them. They integrate with all kinds of systems. Salesforce for example..
What's more.. a lot of the data end-users (solution providers) are owned by the same parent company. Cunninghams et al are a VERTICAL as the parent group call it.
@Register can contact me if they want.