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Auckland Airport eyes biometric kiosks
New Zealand's Auckland Airport is looking to trial a biometric-based kiosk system to reduce the time taken for passengers to pass through its terminal.The trial, which is expected to kick off in the first half of next year, will initially allow 'trusted passengers' the choice of going to a kiosk instead of dealing with a customs officer.
Customs solves ethnic name identification headache
The Australian Customs Service is banking on a new identity checking system, which can distinguish between different permutations of foreign names, to help improve border security.Customs recently implemented a knowledge-based names database developed by Language Analysis Systems (LAS) to help its officers better identify individuals with names that do not translate naturally into the Roman alphabet.
Google, others breach e-gambling law?
Search engines with Australian domains, including Google, are being investigated by authorities for possible breach of interactive gambling laws.Australia's Interactive Gambling Act 2001 prohibits advertising of gambling services on Web sites where "it is likely that the majority of that site's users are physically present in Australia".
Mobiles, computers potential 'pipelines for perversion': Senator Coonan
The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, said that advances in technology are increasing the risks that children will be exposed to illegal and offensive content.The Government has set aside around AU$30 million to protect Australian children from sex criminals.