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CrimTrac: National Licence Photo Database Needed

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 21, 2010

Police need better access to information, including photos from every drivers' licence in the country, according to Ben McDevitt, head of CrimTrac, the federal agency that maintains national databases of information including criminal histories, DNA and fingerprints. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that McDevitt said police cannot currently verify whether photos on licences are the same as those stored on transportation authority records or if multiple licences have been issued in different names with the same photo. McDevitt noted that it will be important to address access to information by police and privacy protection for individuals. "I think a balance can be struck," he said. "The two aren't mutually exclusive."
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