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International Students Subject to Scanning

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

November 12, 2010

The president of the Council of International Students Australia has called for clear rules to protect privacy within the Immigration Department's plan to administer biometric tests, including fingerprints and facial recognition, on foreign students in the country, The Australian reports. The anti-terrorism measure follows a report the department received last year that assessed Australia's student visa program and raised concerns about identity fraud in higher and vocational education visas, the report states. The executive director of the International Education Association of Australia said the fight against identity theft involves potential students, too.
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