Alaskan state senator, Bill Wielechowski, has introduced a bill to the state congress that intends to protect Alaskan citizens from having their biometric information collected or used without their knowing and consent, according to a KTVA 11 article. The bill is intended as an update to previously passed legislation that outlawed the collection of a citizen’s biometric information without their consent.
The congressman’s hope is that the bill will assuage fears over the misuse of biometric information such as potential employers using DNA samples to determine one’s tendency towards certain ailments or the tracking of citizen’s via facial recognition and video surveillance. As biometric technology and its adoption continues to grow, governments continue to try to establish laws and standards to keep misuse at a minimum and security of the data at a premium.
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