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Biometrics leaders worry Florida law is just the beginning

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:43pm

Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers banned school districts from collecting student biometric information, such as fingerprints. The move came amid rising concerns about how much personal data the government might keep about children and their families, prompted by Common Core fears.

Now leaders in the Real ID industry worried that Florida is yet again on the leading edge of change about to sweep other states.

"Uber-privacy folks have a lot of support in the states and if this becomes an issue with the ACLU then you will see a significant ramp up," Janice Kephart of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association told Secure ID News.

Florida often sets trends for such legislation and it could do so again, she suggested. "You have a base of folks that are organizing and it's troublesome. We have a job to educate on the reality of the situation."

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