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Privacy Commissioner Receives Palm-Scanning Complaint

BIOMETRICS

January 22, 2010

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is being asked to investigate whether requiring students to provide fingerprints or palm scans to take competitive graduate school admission tests is an invasion of privacy, the Toronto Star reports. A Toronto student has filed a complaint that the infrared scan of the blood vessels in the palm, which is required of the approximately 266,000 students who take the GMAT admissions test each year, is an invasion of privacy. Other students, however, have a different point of view, as expressed by one pharmaceutical student who says, "I think it's great to have these measures in place when you hear about people hiring someone else to write the test."
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