The Australian government has been paying a lot of attention to biometrics lately. Earlier this year, the government put $69 million into a new biometric visa system that would screen visitors via their fingerprints. Even now, the NSW police use mobile fingerprint scanners to verify criminal identities, which allows police to cross-check with recorded fingerprints in a database. Biometric data is already being used by several countries to prevent identity fraud.
Last week, Australian government agency, Crimtrac, made a proposal to tie fingerprints to identification documents. However, will biometric data make a dent in the occurrence of identity fraud and should the Australian government be allowed to collect biometric data from its citizens?
Here are the results of last week’s poll in answer to the question: Was the NBN implementation study worth the $25 million spent on it?
Yes, it was worth every cent 6%
Yes, it helps us better understand the business case 6%
No, it will give the opposition more ammo to use against the NBN plan 23%
No, it was a complete waste of time and money 56%
Not sure, it's really all up to the execution 9%