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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Facial-recognition tech at Queensland stadiums sparks privacy concerns Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 19 April 2024




Stadiums Queensland, owner of nine sporting and entertainment venues in the Australian state, has subtly begun trials of facial-recognition technology at its locations, ABC News reports. An SQ spokeswoman said the software is in place "to identify patterns and anomalies in crowd behaviour [such as abandoned bags or long queues]." The quiet installation of the technology has drawn the attention of Queensland Privacy Commissioner Philip Green, who said the public deserves more information about SQ's implementation and that privacy impact assessments are necessary. "It's simply good practice to identify risks of conducting this sort of surveillance and using facial recognition — those risks are being identified worldwide at the moment," Green said. "It's been demonstrated that bias can creep in, depending on what databases you're using and who's in the database, and the algorithms themselves."
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