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SIA Concerned Over ID Legislation

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

August 13, 2010

Dark Reading reports on Security Industry Association (SIA) concerns that proposed legislation in Alaska to restrict the use of biometric technology could "ultimately result in the use of less secure identity solutions." The bill, proposed by Alaska Sen. Bill Wielechowski, would make it illegal for individuals, other than law enforcement and those authorized in state or federal law, to "retain or analyze, or disclose or distribute to another person, biometric information on an individual without first obtaining the informed and written consent of the individual." SIA CEO Richard Chace wrote to Wielechowski that the federal government is implementing an identity management program that relies on biometric technology, the report states, arguing it is an important tool in proving people are who they say they are.
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