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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Advocacy group pushes for digital privacy with Australian smart-city projects Related reading: France advances draft legislation to use 'intelligent' security cameras for 2024 Olympics



The Mandarin reports Australia's Digital Rights Watch has come out against perceived privacy issues it sees with smart-city projects across the country. The smart cities, which will deploy closed-circuit TV surveillance and facial-recognition technology, pose issues with "surveillance technology, data collection and privacy invasion," according to the advocacy group. The nonprofit added it would welcome commitments by local government to "protect, promote and monitor" citizens' rights and signing a global declaration to do so. Sydney is the only Australian city to sign the declaration thus far.
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