Five Country Conference increases interoperability

NEW ZEALAND: Fingerprints catch out immigration fraudster (TV NZ)

[Immigration New Zealand] found that her fingerprints matched those of a person who had entered Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom using different names.

INZ says landmark cooperation between authorities in all four countries resulted in the successful prosecution.

INZ’s Identity Services manager Jacqui Martin says this is the first time evidence like fingerprints gathered as a result of cooperation under the Five Countries Conference (FCC) has been used in a prosecution for immigration fraud.

Score one for the Five Country Conference.

Is the Five Country Conference hitting its stride on ID?

The US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (Five Country Conference) share information, including biometrics, on foreign visitors. Reading between the lines of the article linked below, they appear to hitting their stride.

Biometrics has “just completely changed the way we do business,” DHS director of US-VISIT. (Fierce Homeland Security)

See also:
Privacy Impact Assessment for the US-VISIT Five Country Joint Enrollment and Information-Sharing Project (2009 pdf at