Fingerprinting of LSAT Test Takers Causes Privacy Concerns

Students who take the Law School Admissions Test ( LSAT ) may be giving up their privacy according to a warning put out by the University of Ottawa. LSAT rules require test takers to provide a fingerprint before taking the test to thwart attempts by imposters to gain access.

Privacy advocates and students are worried about how this information could be used in light of the Patriot Act and US Federal Government requests for various types of personal information, including search engine records.

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Last week, B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis agreed to investigate the company’s request for information after a student complained about the requirement.

“We’ll be looking at, ‘Is it appropriate to force someone who wants to take that test to give up that personal identifier in the nature of a thumbprint?'” said Loukidelis.

The Law School Admission Council said the U.S. government has never requested information on a student, but they’re investigating how they would be required to handle the situation if it arose.

“We’re seeking legal opinion now about exactly what circumstances would have to be in place before that could happen,” said Jim Vaseleck, a lawyer with the law council.

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