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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | NSW to consider facial recognition for public transport despite privacy backlash Related reading: Web con: 'Trends in Changing Data Breach Notification Laws'

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The Guardian reports the New South Wales government wants citizens to use facial-recognition software instead of swipe cards to access public transport. “In the transport space we’ll use facial recognition technology to scan customers who’ve ‘opted in’ and linked their Opal account,” NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said. “No more gate barriers – just a smooth journey … It’s all about making the journey easier and faster for people. I am confident we will also see frictionless transport payments in the not too distant future.” Labor Party Opposition Shadow Transport Minister Chris Minns and Digital Rights Watch Chairman Tim Singleton Norton both suggested a public consultation would be necessary to consider all angles of the software's deployment, including privacy concerns.
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