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Plans To Track Gamblers Proposed

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

October 7, 2010

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has suggested using biometric cards and possibly fingerprinting to combat compulsive gambling, Poker News reports. The plan would rely on identification cards equipped with biometric technology to operate video poker machines in order to track gamblers' playing habits and restrict them from playing further when they had reached a predetermined loss limit, the report states. The plan is raising privacy concerns, as one expert noted, stating, "We absolutely recognize problem gambling is a great concern for people in the community, but I don't think fingerprinting will work from a practical point of view, and there are ethical issues with privacy."
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