Sunday, September 02, 2007

Fingerprinting in Australian schools

Fingerprint biometrics in Australian schools is coming and civil liberties groups aren't happy about it.

"Australian Education Union state secretary Mary Bluett said the swipe card technology was too expensive for most state schools, but advances in fingerprint technology meant it would eventually be introduced throughout secondary schools.

The push for biometric security measures comes from a school photography company, Academy Attendance Systems which is offering technology that scans a student's thumbprint..." I bet it is!

Civil Liberties Council President Cameron Murphy says fingerprint logging is also a concern.

“It’s just not appropriate to be forcing school students to hand over their fingerprints so that they can be logged and on their way in and way out but also kept on a database for the rest of their life,” he said.

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