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Officials Say No Fingerprint Scans


February 25, 2011

Officials have decided not to move forward with plans to require such biometric data as fingerprint scans for poker machine use, The Age reports. Families Minister Jenny Macklin and MP Andrew Wilkie instead favor the use of smartcards "to limit the amount gamblers could spend on pokies in a session," the report states. The decision came in the wake of concerns by gambling and hospitality representatives that using biometric data could result in identity theft. "I'm happy to rule out fingerprinting, retinal scans, any other sort of biometric system that might be out there," Wilkie said, adding that he agrees with Macklin's position that "Australians are very comfortable with cards.''
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