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Commissioner Calls for Biometric Awareness, Privacy Impact Assessments

BIOMETRICS —AUSTRALIA

May 6, 2010

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis is warning CIOs at pubs and clubs to be aware of their legal obligations in collecting patrons' identity information as ID scanning, fingerprinting and iris scans become increasingly common, CIO reports. As part of Privacy Awareness Week, Curtis's office has released guidance on what businesses should consider before collecting such information. Curtis said her office continues to receive complaints from patrons and is investigating investigating venues' use of biometric technologies. "The digitized information these technologies offer has the potential to be used or disclosed for many other purposes, such as direct marketing and the creation of databases as well as the risk of facilitating identity fraud," Curtis said. She has also called on organisations to conduct Privacy Impact Assessments when looking to develop new products, services, projects or systems.
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