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Legal challenges of biometric immigration control systems


Diaz, V, Legal challenges of biometric immigration control systems, Mexican Law Review, 7, (1) pp. 3-30. ISSN 1870-0578 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/S1870-0578(16)30006-3


This article analyzes the deployment of biometric systems in immigration control. It argues that public policy for biometric data collection and processing must be based on legal principles and involve the participation of diverse actors, including civil society organizations, industry associations, special privacy advocates and government officials. Such deployments must also involve control mechanisms that help ensure transparency and accountability. Based on a comparative study of biometric immigration control system deployment in four countries (Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain), two types of asymmetries standout: first, notable differences in the types of information collected, stored, processed, retrieved, updated, analyzed and exchanged; Second, the purposes for which biometric systems are currently used. In the latter case, wide divergence exists in areas for which these systems are employed, such as border control strategies and the use of travel documents, revealing that each nation chooses to use these systems at different points in the immigration process. These asymmetries pose both short and long -term challenges for international cooperation,

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Biometrics, biometric systems, boarder controls, ePassports
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Law and society and socio-legal research
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Diaz, V (Miss Vanessa Diaz Rodriguez)
ID Code:96524
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-11-10
Last Modified:2016-10-11

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