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Australia wants to open state facial recognition for companies

Sunday, November 26th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

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             The Australian Department of Justice appears to be considering granting private companies access to a state-run facial recognition database for a fee.


        The Australian Department of Justice is currently negotiating with some telecom providers for a pilot project that could provide companies with access to a state-owned facial recognition service. Financial institutions are also said to have expressed great interest in this program, reports the news site The Guardian.
Specifically, this is about the Australian State-operated Face Verification Service (FVS): An interface allows authenticated users to submit to the service a picture of a person and their suspected identity and get in answer a yes or no, if the photo shows that person. The Face Identification Service (FIS), also based at the Ministry of Justice, which is to provide an identity for a picture of an unknown person, will not be operational until 2018 and is not the subject of negotiations.
Already today, companies can use a similar state service to check the authenticity of a submitted document, such as a passport or driver's license. Companies pay a fee for each of the approximately 15.5 million transactions per year. The FVS could also bring the state this revenue.
The use of the FVS by a company should be made dependent on the person concerned agreeing with it. In the Guardian's report, Monique Mann, a director of the Australian Privacy Foundation, expresses doubts about whether individuals are even capable of making an informed decision. If one were faced with the decision to consent or not open a bank account, there could hardly be any question of free consent.




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