Expanding facial recognition database in Australia not justified

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/10/04/13/22/beware-perils-of-expanding-facial-recognition-powers-in-australia-watchdog-warns

Australians should be gravely concerned about moves to add millions of people to a facial recognition database because of perceived terror threats, according to a leading civil liberties body.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will urge state and territory leaders to hand over license photos of all drivers at a special national security summit in Canberra on Thursday.

The federal database could be used, for example, to conduct surveillance at airports, sports stadia, shopping malls and other public places.

But the Turnbull strategy has been sharply criticised by Stephen Blanks, president of NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL).

He accused the federal government of “whipping up fear” and questioned if the likelihood of terror threats in Australia justified a marked increase in state surveillance.

“This proposal has a grave danger to it,” Blanks told nine.com.au.

He also claimed the move would undermine trust in government.

“It is quite alarming when information you have given to government for one purpose … is then used for an entirely different purpose.”

Government sources on Tuesday told 9NEWS that driver’s license information was the “mother-load” it needed to build a powerful law enforcement tool.

On Wednesday, in front of media, Turnbull kept repeating “keeping Australia safe” was the relentless focus of any changes to legislation.

The prime minister talked about how facial recognition tools would help alert counter-terror agencies to incidents such as the recent alleged Etihad bomb plot at Sydney airport.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/10/03/17/58/chris-uhlmann-pm-to-use-counter-terror-meeting-to-push-for-drivers-licence-photo-database

The prime minister will use Thursday’s counter-terror summit to push premiers to hand over the pictures of every licensed driver in their state so federal agencies can build a national facial recognition data base.

Access to the millions of licence pictures would allow surveillance cameras armed with facial recognition technology to scan crowds looking for a match with suspected terrorists and criminals.

Government sources have told 9NEWS that the information on drivers’ licences is the “mother-load” it needs to build a powerful law enforcement tool.

Federal agencies have access to passport and visa application photos but that pales in comparison with the licence information held by the states. In time, Facebook photos might also be added to the database.

Debate over the next step in building the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability will be the hot topic at the counter-terror meeting in Canberra, as it gathers in the shadow of the latest mass shooting in the United States.

Law enforcement agencies have been pushing for the capability for some time but it has met resistance over privacy concerns as international experience has highlighted some problems.

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coming to a country near you real soon..all to keep us safe..thanks government!

what about holding a suspect for 14 days without charge?..thank you government!

what about having your bioemetric database kept in the cloud an accessible to hacking!..thank you government!

never waste a crisis..

“Access to the millions of licence pictures would allow surveillance cameras armed with facial recognition technology to scan crowds looking for a match with suspected terrorists and criminals. Government sources have told 9NEWS that the information on drivers’ licences is the “mother-load” it needs to build a powerful law enforcement tool.”

“mother-load” indeed..

“On Wednesday, in front of media, Turnbull kept repeating “keeping Australia safe” was the relentless focus of any changes to legislation.”

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~ by seeker401 on October 5, 2017.

One Response to “Expanding facial recognition database in Australia not justified”

  1. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

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