Digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has expressed concern over cancellation of a public hearing into the proposed national facial recognition database.
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has discontinued its Biometric Identification Services project, being developed by NEC Australia, because of implementation delays.
Australia's proposed national facial recognition regime is too broad in its scope and will curtail the freedom of people who are merely going about their daily routines, the Human Rights Law Centre has told a parliamentary committee inquiring into the proposed law.
The decision to create a national facial recognition database system in Australia is a giant step by the Labor and Liberal parties down an Orwellian path of Big Brother surveillance and ultimately towards a surveillance and police state, Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim claims.
Major privacy organisations in Australia have condemned the decision by the Council of Australian Governments to agree to hand over drivers' licence photos for the creation of a national facial recognition database.
The setting up of a national facial recognition database is likely to cost Australia at least hundreds of millions of dollars, but could go into the billions, an expert in the field has told iTWire.
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