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.
As the controversial 5G rollout continues across Australia, Telstra have announced over 600 suburbs are now reaching 50 per cent coverage.
The telecommunications company will also become the first network to offer standalone 5G in Australia, without the support of underlying 4G technology, following testing of a new device.
Amazon has been handed the data storage contract for Australia’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app and concerns are rising over potential external access to the information.
Industry insiders and bureaucrats argue that giving Amazon the contract could mean COVIDSafe data can be accessed by US government agencies under a CLOUD Act subpoena.
Despite millions already downloading the COVIDSafe app, legislation to ensure privacy safeguards for citizens has only just reached drafting stage.
The results are not what privacy experts had hoped for.
The erosion of personal liberties in Australia.