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Vein Scanning To Track Librarians

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

September 8, 2011

Melbourne's City of Monash may next month begin tracking library employee work hours with vein scanning technology, reports ABC News. City officials say they are only considering the plan, but the Australian Services Union claims it has received confirmation from the council that the technology will be employed in libraries next month, affecting as many as 100 workers. Victoria Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey says that without the facts, she can't determine whether the plan contravenes the Privacy Act, but notes, "If they're creating a database of their employees' biometrics, then that does raise some significant issues in terms of data security."
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