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Government Moving Forward with Biometric Passports

BIOMETRICS

March 5, 2010

The government has announced it is moving forward with its plan to require Canadians to obtain biometric passports for travel, the Toronto Star reports. Proponents of the plan believe that passports encrypted with biological information such as iris scans, fingerprints or facial recognition data "will significantly improve security." Proposed use of DNA technology raised too many privacy concerns, the report states. Public safety critic Joe Comartin says biometric passports are "still of questionable value," referencing a parliamentary committee review that found accuracy rates of biometrics to be between 85 and 90 percent.
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