Out of all the technologies to emerge in the past couple of decades, facial recognition is one of the most controversial issues. Its benefits come at a price — a price that some deem too great.
How will biometric capabilities be implemented in the future? What are the concerns?
Queensland will become the next state to introduce a biometric data sharing bill that would be linked to Australia’s national facial recognition database.
Following WA, the moves come despite facial recognition legislation being blocked in November due to privacy concerns, leading some to believe the plan is soon to be resurrected.
The Digital Transformation Agency is hoping to begin publicly testing the new facial recognition component of the government’s essential services app by mid-2020.
myGovID, which is set to move from public beta to live later this month, will become the default option for identity verification when accessing most government portals.
Australia’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has ordered the government back to the drawing board, after rejecting laws to establish a national facial recognition database.
It is the first time since 2002 that a parliament committee has recommended new intelligence laws be withdrawn, saying the legislation needs to be redrafted to ensure citizen rights are protected.
Plans to pass legislation permitting the use of national face-identity matching services has come under criticism by some of Australia’s largest privacy groups.
Civil liberty advocates, including Digital Rights Watch and others, have spoken out against plans to monitor all citizens via advanced biometric CCTV capabilities.