Guidelines to protect biometric data privacy
The use of biometric data as personal identifiers is growing, since they are considered more secure than passwords. Notebook computers now commonly boast fingerprint scanners to secure data, for example.
The Australian privacy commissioner last week approved a voluntary privacy code for the use of biometric data by government agencies and businesses. But while the code was drafted by the Biometrics Institute, a trans-Tasman organisation, it only applies in Australia.
New Zealand privacy commissioner Marie Shroff says privacy laws here are similar to those in Australia and adapting the Australian code "wouldn't necessarily be particularly difficult".
However, she says existing privacy rules protect personal biometric information, too. "People needn't feel concerned at the moment." New Zealand's source for technology news on Stuff.co.nz: Guidelines to protect biometric data privacy
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