As a potential solution to problem gambling, the Australian Prime Minister wants to use biometric smart cards and flash drives to operate poker machines and monitor gambling limits by 2014, according to a Port Macquarie News article.
The suggested solution would operate on fingerprint recognition, however, some of the politicians involved in the decisions feel that such measures could be seen as an invasion of privacy and realistically do very little to help problem gamblers.
Among some of the chief concerns would be that such a small fraction of people using the machines are actual problem gamblers that moving to a pre-committed program, where users of machines have to enroll to use them, would likely just keep responsible users away.
Additionally, fears have been raised regarding whether such a program would simply compile a database of poker players.
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