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Commissioner Wants Fingerprinting Blocked

BIOMETRICS—CANADA

August 10, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has moved to block the fingerprinting of medical school applicants, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The commissioner launched a legal action in Federal Court last week, stating that the American Association of Medical Colleges' (AAMC) collection of test takers' fingerprints violates Canadian law. The AAMC administers the Medical College Admission Test in the U.S. and Canada. It collects photographs and fingerprints from test takers and retains the data for a period of 10 years. Stoddart wants the court to order the organization to create an alternative procedure for fraud prevention, the report states.
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