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Commissioner: Safeguards Needed for Biometric Data Collection

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

July 9, 2010

Fourteen major venues across Australia are now using fingerprint scanners to control alcohol-related violence, reports News.com.au, prompting Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis to call for safeguards. Curtis says the biometric data collected should be destroyed as soon as possible; individuals should be notified as to why the data has been collected, and databases should be kept up to date and secure. "If clubs fail in any of these areas, they run the risk of breaching their customers' privacy and of having a privacy complaint lodged against them," Curtis said, adding that creating a database or sharing data between venues would breach privacy laws.
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