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Queensland announces trials to replace public transport cards with facial recognition

Public transport commuters in Queensland will be able ‘to use their faces as a ticket to board trains and buses’ in the near future, after it was announced on Thursday that trials will commence to replace the current ‘Go Card’ digital network with facial recognition technology.

Cubic Corporation, the company initially behind the ‘Go Card’, will trial the use of biometric identification technology to enable passengers to pay their fares in a ‘seamless, efficient way’, with card-operated gates to eventually be replaced by machines which scan an individual’s eyes or the unique pattern of veins in the palm of their hand.

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Commonwealth Games: Privacy Commissioner slams facial recognition plans as ‘unprecedented’

Queensland’s Privacy Commissioner has raised concerned over plans to use facial recognition technology to identify suspected ‘terrorists’ during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Biometric identification technology is set to be deployed on the Gold Coast public transport network early next year, including trains, trams and buses at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, to identify potential ‘terror suspects’ before they can interrupt the proceedings.

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Facial recognition to replace passports in radical security overhaul at Australian airports

Australia’s Customs and Border Protection will install 92 facial recognition terminals in international airports as part of an $18 million deal to replace passports with a “contactless” biometric identification system.

The program will see all international passengers processed by biometric recognition of the face, iris or fingerprints, incoming paper passenger cards abolished, and manned stations replaced by electronic stations and automatic triage.

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Vodafone admits governments use secret cables to tap phones

Secret wires are monitoring your every detail. Photo: AFP Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile phone company, revealed today that government agencies are able to listen to phone conversations live and track the location of citizens without warrants. This is done by using secret cables connected directly to the network equipment, and is the latest […]

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Erosion of Privacy in Australia: Basic facts you need to know

As civil liberties in Australia continue to be diminished on a daily basis, it is imperative that you know the following essential facts about the destruction of privacy domestically. It is also imperative that you spread this information amongst family, friends and anybody who is concerned about a network of unaccountable organisations collecting and sharing […]

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Queensland police to use surveillance drones to combat crime ahead of G20 conference

Queensland police plan to send drones into the skies for bikie and anti-terror surveillance ahead of the G20 conference in Brisbane. The $30-an-hour drones would also be used for covert drug crop identification, traffic operations and natural disasters following a successful trial last year. The Courier-Mail can reveal Police Minister Jack Dempsey wants the aircraft, […]

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Phone, net watchers fuel ‘surveillance state’ fears

The Attorney-General’s Department has released figures showing federal and state agencies accessed telecommunications data and internet logs more than 250,000 times during criminal and revenue investigations in 2010-11. Greens senator Scott Ludlam has called for tighter controls. ”We’ve already taken some pretty dangerous steps in this country towards the surveillance state,” Senator Ludlam told a […]

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