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Queensland’s government is set to introduce new laws that will allow hotels and motels to install fingerprint readers on all their doors.
Key points:The Government will introduce a law to allow for fingerprint scanning at all entrances in hotels and other propertiesA spokesman for the Department of Health said the move would “help protect vulnerable travellers”It will also allow for hotels to set up “fingerprint locks” at entrances, to prevent criminals from using them to open the door.
The Government said it would introduce the new legislation at the beginning of 2019.
The change will make Queensland’s hotel and motel occupancy record keeping system compliant with the Criminal Code, which allows for “reasonable measures” to be taken to prevent fraud.
The fingerprint scanner will be used by hotel staff to access and validate visitors’ fingerprints.
“The new fingerprint scanning legislation will allow hotel management and staff to use a unique fingerprint scanner on all of their door and reception doors to help protect vulnerable tourists,” the Government spokesman said.
“It is important that these measures are carried out in accordance with the Queensland Crime and Punishment Act 2015, which provides that the crime of fraud or breach of the law may be prosecuted in Queensland for a person to obtain or use a stolen or fraudulent identity document.”‘
Passport-free zone’The move comes as the Queensland Government faces increasing calls for it to introduce a fingerprint lock at hotels.
The Department of Public Health and Sustainability (DPHP) said the fingerprint scanner would help police track a stolen passport, a criminal’s fingerprints and other evidence in order to find and arrest suspects.
The DPHH said the technology was already used in hotel rooms.
“Our fingerprint scanner is already used at the front door at the Queensland Hotel and Motel Association, as well as at all our entry points, to assist with the fingerprinting and verification of guests,” the DPHI said.
The use of the fingerprint reader will also help police determine whether the victim is a suspect.
“These technologies are already being used by police to track people entering the criminal justice system and other offences, and the Queensland Police Force and the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse will use these technologies in the future,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Turnbull said he wanted the Government to “make sure these measures work”.
“It’s very important that our security measures are secure, so that we can protect our vulnerable travellers, and we can be as safe as possible, we want to make sure that all Queenslanders are protected and we want them to feel safe in Queensland,” he said.
Topics:travel-and-tourism,crime,public-sector,government-and-(parties)2017-2018,state-parliament,police,australiaFirst posted March 05, 2019 08:21:20Contact Greg Ward