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Citizens, Minors to Be Affected By Latest Australian Biometric Collection Rules

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As per a report, under the changes made to the Migration Act, the concerned officials of Australia will have more rights to gather biometric data as of February 2016.

Hitherto, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has just been in a position to amass biometric details from the non-citizens for the objects of immigration. The kind of biometric data--it has been in a position to gather--has been restricted facial images, and fingerprints, not to mention signatures. But this is all undergoing a major change.

The latest law allegedly provides the officers with an unrestricted authority to request biometric details from both the citizens of Australia and also from the non-citizens gaining admission into the country.

The same enables the officials to collect personal identifying facts from minors and those powerless to understand the nature of offering personal identifying details, without their authorization, and minus the presence of a guardian or parent. The collection of data may comprise fingerprints & iris scans, in case judged essential.

The incumbent Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has reportedly proclaimed that the augmented authority to accumulate biometrics is component of the nation’s reply to fight and check terror related activities.

The improvements made to the law will permit the officers to carry-out identity checks, employing hand held tools which will enable them to speedily spot those who may present a risk to the Australian society. But the million dollar question in the mind of several concerned people is: do the ends really validate the means?


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