The Refugee Council of Australia, a national umbrella body for refugees and asylum seekers, has said plans to expand biometric data gathering at borders could put people who have fled persecution at risk.According to the RCOA, the prospect of biometric data being shared across Jurisdictions under the the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015, “increases the risk of this information being used for purposes beyond those stipulated in Australian legislation”.Introduced in March, the bill seeks to expand biometric data gathering at borders to tackle threats such as Australians seeking to travel overseas to fight with terrorist organisations like Islamic State. Officials said at the time that the bill aimed to create a simplified scheme to collect biometrics, particularly fingerprints, and to increase collection powers.RCOA also wrote in a response to the bill that the country's rules on storing biometric data for 80 years were excessive. “We can see little justification for retaining biometric information for such a lengthy period of time, particularly if the person concerned becomes a citizen of Australia”.The group concludes by saying that the collection and use of biometric information in relation to visa and migration matters, particularly when working with refugee and humanitarian entrants, must be subject to a robust regulatory framework.Last Week, Australian legal association the Law Council of Australia said that the new legislation should face a privacy assessment.The chair of the Law Council's Privacy Law Committee, Olga Ganopolsky, told the Sydney hearing of the Senate inquiry that it may impact on the travel and privacy of citizens who might not be suspected of contravening any Australian law or pose a risk to national security.