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Fingerprint Scanners Popular, Regulations Lacking

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

February 4, 2011

Australian night clubs are increasingly requiring patrons to use fingerprint scanners for access, but a lack of regulations about the biometric data collected has some concerned about potential ramifications, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has drafted scanner guidelines but has no auditing powers. The Biometrics Institute of Australia has called for changes to the Privacy Act, including mandatory privacy impact assessments and audits with no exemption for any group and a unified national privacy system, the report states. Pilgrim said anyone using the scanners should be aware that the Privacy Act requires that they provide notice for data uses and that it "cannot be automatically shared with other venues."
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