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Privacy Act Doesn't Cover Biometric Data

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 10, 2010

The Australian government is discussing the possibility of curbing poker machine use using biometric technology, ZDNet reports. But, Isabelle Moeller, general manager of the Biometrics Institute, said that biometric data is not included in the Privacy Act, and she's concerned about what club and casino owners will do with the users' data they collect. "Who ensures how data is collected and when it is destroyed? The [Privacy] Act is not specific enough," Moeller said. The government is reviewing the Privacy Act to make it more responsive to changing technologies, the report states.
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