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Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest | 'Seamless Traveler' biometric scanning program begins in Australia Related reading: Trump to restrict TikTok, WeChat in US, citing data collection, national security concerns

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Australia has begun using iris, face and fingerprint biometric scanning in airports as part of its "Seamless Traveler" program, Engadget reports. The project looks to create a "fast, seamless self-processing experience for up to 90 percent of travelers," said security analyst John Coyne. That would free up border control to focus on "high risk passengers," the report states. While privacy concerns exist, "the Australian government ran the idea past its privacy commission and passed a law in 2015 allowing it to collect more biometric data from citizens and foreigners, including minors, at its airports," the report adds.
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