A wrongful termination case in Australia has called into question whether the use of biometrics in the workplace violates the country's Privacy Act, the Society for Human Resource Management reports. An Australian employee was fired for refusing to submit to biometric scanning at work, citing concerns about the collection of his personal information. After being fired for noncompliance and having the Fair Work Commission deny a claim of unfair dismissal, the employee successfully filed an appeal to have his case heard by the full FWC bench. The FWC will consider current technology and privacy rights in its ruling, which could lead to future standoffs between employers and employees over the collection of biometric information.
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