State governments have agreed to share biometric data, featured on identity documents such as drivers’ licences, as part of a national database.
The technology means the data can be automatically matched with that collected from devices located in airports, bus and train stations, retail malls, court buildings, prisons, sports facilities and anywhere else that has a networked camera.
An SMS survey by Roy Morgan Research showed Greens supporters (59 per cent) were more concerned about mass facial recognition technology than Labor supporters (33.5 per cent) or LNP supporters (19 per cent).
Analysis by gender shows little difference in the attitudes between women and men on the subject, while on an age basis, 45 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 were more likely to be concerned than older people (19 per cent of those aged 65 and over).
But the technology has been criticised as costly and may give us a false sense of security against terrorism. Other people argue we will not know which officials will be accessing the data and what safeguards will be put in place to prevent misuse.
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