Canada Seeks to Block MCAT Fingerprinting

August 11, 2010

Canada's privacy commission is seeking a court order in that country to block the collection and storage of fingerprints of Canadians who take the Medical College Admission Test, The Ottawa Citizen reported. The MCAT is used by many Canadian medical schools so Canadian pre-meds take the exam even if they aren't applying to institutions in the United States. The Association of American Medical Colleges collects and stores the fingerprints to make sure that the people who take the tests are the same ones who show up later at medical schools that admit them. But the suit says that this violates Canadian law in that the fingerprint records -- stored in the United States -- could be subject to release to U.S. authorities if they invoke the Patriot Act.

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