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Biometric identity-matching: Commissioner gives thumbs down

by Jack Le Guay •
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Privacy concerns are back in the spotlight following two adverse findings on the use of biometric data in identity-matching applications. It is also in focus due to the ongoing Review of the Federal Privacy Act.

The Attorney-General signalled the Review of the Privacy Act 1988 in December 2019. On 25 October 2021 a discussion paper was released “seeking feedback on proposals for reform and accompanying questions”. Submissions close on 10 January 2022.

Although proceeding at a snail’s pace, and unlikely to be concluded prior to the most likely timing of the next Federal election (May 2022), the Review may result in strong penalties and prescriptions in Australia’s privacy regime.

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