School districts in Michigan can’t use electronic fingerprinting technology to identify a child for school-related purposes, the Michigan attorney general said Dec. 12.

Attorney General Jennifer Granholm ruled that the state Child Identification and Protection Act prohibits a school district from using electronic fingerprinting technology for electronic imaging or finger scanning.

She noted the law is designed to safeguard the privacy of children and it generally prohibits governmental units from fingerprinting a child. She said finger imaging “would result in multiple violations of the act.”

Granholm made her ruling in response to a query from Sen. Ken Sikkema, R-Grandville. Sikkema said a constituent of his was interested in the finger-imaging technology, and he asked if it was permissible in schools.

He said he agreed with Granholm’s ruling, and said there is no move to change the law and permit such technology in the state’s schools.