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Gov’t Turns to Fingerprinting and Photographs

BIOMETRICS

January 13, 2012

The Canadian government's introduction of biometrics programs has elicited concerns that proper safeguards are not being implemented to protect privacy, Embassy reports. The government aims to keep Canadians safe by preventing identity fraud, theft and stopping deportees and others from reentering the country with fake documents. Starting next year, people in some countries will have to give a fingerprint and be photographed when applying for temporary Canadian residency, the report states. Scott Hutchinson of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it is "satisfied that CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is taking its privacy responsibilities as part of the protocol seriously."
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