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ID Cards for Alberta's Homeless?

BIOMETRICS—CANADA

March 29, 2010

Housing Minister Jonathan Denis told the Calgary Herald that his department is discussing with Service Alberta the creation of an Alberta ID card for the homeless. The cards would allow the homeless to use a shelter as a proxy address and would likely include a photo and possibly a fingerprint or facial scan, the report states. "Identification does have value on the street and we have to make sure we have those adequate controls in place," said Denis. Some are raising concerns about the creation and management of a database to store the information, among others. A spokesperson from the provincial privacy commissioner's office said the card would have to work within the guidelines of the provincial privacy legislation.
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