Legislation before the Australian federal Parliament would allow government agencies to access facial-recognition images from a national database, the Guardian reports. The states of Victoria and Tasmania have begun to upload driver’s license images to their own respective databases ahead of the creation of a federal one. Privacy advocates have expressed their concerns about the plans. The Australian Privacy Foundation said the proposed database is highly invasive as it could be integrated to other camera systems to collect facial scans. “We are on our way to automated and real-time surveillance of public spaces,” the foundation said.
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