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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Facial-recognition system raises privacy concerns in Australia Related reading: A look at ISO's new privacy management standard




Civil rights groups have raised alarm over the government’s use of “the capability,” a system that utilizes real-time facial-recognition technology, pulling from various federal databases, including driver’s licenses, passports and visas, the Guardian reports. Operated by Australia’s federal Department of Home Affairs, the system has prompted serious concerns for its sweeping approach to sensitive biometric data and has caused some to warn of a “very substantial erosion of privacy.” The system is able to analyze a person regardless of whether they have committed a crime or were suspected in doing so. Authorities argue the system helps to deter identity crime and to quickly identify suspects.
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