Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will soon require foreign nationals from 30 locations including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan applying for visas to provide biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans, Slaw reports. The procedures are set to begin September 2, and upon collection, the biometrics will be checked against criminal and deportation records. Opponents say the measures will threaten privacy, while the CIC called the measures necessary, citing a "rise in global identity fraud" and technological innovations that "make it easy to steal, forge or alter identity documents."
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