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Report Urges Gov't To Limit Collection, Up Accountability

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

May 25, 2012

A report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center highlights the groups' concerns over databases of biometric data compiled by government agencies and others, reports Courthouse News Service. An Immigration Policy Center spokeswoman noted, "biometrics are not infallible, and databases contain errors. These problems can result in huge negative consequences for U.S. citizens and legal immigrants mistakenly identified." The report calls for government to "limit unnecessary biometrics collection; instill proper protections on data collection, transfer and search; ensure accountability; mandate independent oversight; require appropriate legal process before biometric collection, and define clear rules for data sharing at all levels."
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