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Australia biometric data
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Australia biometric data 2008-02-27
Australia will begin collecting biometric data as part of their immigration processes, including visa applications. The collected biometrics will include facial images and fingerprint scans. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has said that biometric data has helped them in several cases. Biometrics helped identify a Ukrainian backpacker who turned up in a Brisbane hospital with amnesia, for example. The Immigration Minister said that better identity management and use of biometrics is "fundamental" in securing Australia's borders, as well as decreasing processing time for "genuine travelers."
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