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Government Opts for Gambler Smartcards

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 11, 2011

In the wake of privacy concerns about plans to use biometric cards at casinos, the government has opted to use smartcards instead, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Though biometric cards would be less expensive than smartcards and would help prevent gamblers from sharing them, concerns surfaced about the need for a central database housing such personal data. "All the information is contained on the card. That's the easy part," the report states. "But how the cards are issued and controlled could produce unpopular recommendations when the committee reports to parliament." A potential solution includes a 100-point verification system and a photo to prevent against fraudulent card use.
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