Submissions sought for biometrics privacy code

The Biometrics Institute is seeking public comment on its draft version of the Biometrics Privacy Code. The code covers the use of technology that incorporates human attributes such as fingerprints, iris and face scans, hand geometry and DNA.

Institute chairman Mark Bezzina has invited the public, employers, unions, and interest groups to provide submissions prior to the draft code going to the Federal Privacy Commissioner in the first half of 2004.

A fresh round of consultations is also being organised in the new year between January and March. The final deadline for comment is April 2004.

The code will provide a regulatory framework for biometric use and covers issues such as extra protection for biometric information collected by an organisation, accountability, standards and a complaints system.

The code is being drafted by Sydney privacy firm PPIB and is being overseen by project manager Terry Aulich.

Funds to develop the code were made available from the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE).

Institute members include biometric vendors as well as end users such as the CSIRO, Customs and the Australian Federal Police.

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