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Commissioner: Build Privacy into Biometrics

BIOMETRICS—NEW ZEALAND

April 13, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff believes that when it comes to biometrics, privacy should be built in from the beginning of the design, Computerworld reports. Speaking at a recent Biometrics Institute conference, Shroff noted that while biometrics do not currently have specific regulation under New Zealand's Privacy Act, regulation is "never off the table." Shroff said that may not be necessary, however, if biometrics developers and vendors focus on privacy principles when creating systems and managing data. Aaron Baker of the Department of Labour's immigration unit, which is participating in a five-country collaborative development of biometrics-aided immigration procedures with Australia, the UK, Canada and the U.S., said privacy will be built into any such system.
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