Surveillance data to be accessed at federal level

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The Identity Services Matching Bill currently sitting before parliament, proposes the federal government have access to data, such as photos from passports, driver licences and visas, under a nation-wide facial recognition system called the ‘National Facial Biometric Matching Capability’.

Though active for years at a state level, the system has received attention from academics and human rights groups alike – who believe its reliability as a technology, known to breach privacy and discriminate – are causes for concern if rolled out more broadly.

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