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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | New South Wales privacy law contains loopholes for schools to collect students' fingerprints Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 7 Oct. 2022

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Salinger Privacy detailed how a loophole in Australia’s federal Privacy Act allowed for the collection of public school students’ fingerprints in New South Wales. The school is regulated under New South Wales' privacy laws, not the Privacy Act. However, public schools still must comply with the state's Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 before a school can legally scan a student’s fingerprints. The state law does not require students’ consent to collect their biometric data nor does it require the NSW Department of Education to conduct privacy impact assessments.
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