Australian border guards trial iPhones as biometic border tool

16/10/17

Border Force officers at Australia’s eight international airports are piloting the use of Apple iPhones as portable biometric scanners, senior officers said at a recent conference. 

Joe Franzi, the department’s identity and biometrics division head, told a Canberra conference that the latest iPhones give officers the ability to “very quickly take a minimum of four fingerprints [from a referred non-citizen], and in less than 60 seconds [run] those fingerprints… against departmental holdings”.

“All the immigration passport information, various name changes, you name it, everything we hold on that person, including their face, comes up on screen for the officer,” he told the GovInnovate conference in Canberra.

Last week, the Attorney-General’s Department was granted access to facial data records of drivers’ licence images by all state and territory governments.

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