The Canadian Forces is expanding its ability to collect biometric data for potential use by other federal government departments, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
The military began collecting biometric data on detainees and suspicious individuals in Afghanistan. In April 2010, a directive ordered the military to collect information on other people as well and develop biometric use for domestic needs as well.
The military captures information such as fingerprints, iris scans, facial photographs and DNA. This information is put into databases that intelligence agencies can tap into.
Other Canadian agencies are studying the concept of adding biometrics to Canadian border security operations.
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