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DNA, Fingerprint Agreement Signed

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

November 18, 2011

The U.S. and Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding to "swap DNA and fingerprint data more easily in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime," AAP reports. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said the agreement "reinforces our shared values regarding the protection and privacy of the citizens of both our countries while also denying safe haven to criminals." That sentiment was echoed by U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich, who added, "Not only will it enhance our nations' ability to investigate individuals who may pose a threat to our global security, but it will also safeguard the privacy and civil rights of all travellers."
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