Monday, September 30, 2019

Biometric recognition technology in the workplace

Three decades on, "biometric recognition" technology is no longer science fiction. Should we embrace it or fear it?

That question faced Jeremy Lee, a sawmill worker in the town of Imbil, Queensland. when his employer, 

Superior Wood Ltd, introduced fingerprint scanning to verify clock-on and clock-off times.
Lee refused to comply. He was sacked as a result.
Lee then lodged an unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission. His claim was rejected last November.
But last month, Lee won his case on appeal before a full bench of commissioners.
Their ruling was particularly critical of the employer's lack of process and failure to understand its employees' right to privacy.
It's concerning management appeared to not understand the sensitivity of such data, and believed it had the right to demand it for something so mundane.
But what is most disturbing about this case, the first of its kind in Australia, is that just one employee out of about 400 resisted having their biodata taken. Every other employee acquiesced, despite management failing to provide any information about how it planned to store and protect such sensitive data.