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Facial Recognition Database Brings Concerns

BIOMETRICS—AUSTRALIA

February 14, 2013

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has captured the images of about 15,000 people in the first year of its facial recognition database, causing some to voice concerns, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. AFP representatives say facial recognition may someday be as credible as fingerprinting and investigators have had positive outcomes when using it, but Garner Clancey, the deputy director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, warns against the practice, noting, “If police started to stop large numbers of Australians in the street to say 'who are you, we want to make sure you are who you say you are', there would be outrage. This does precisely that, without them knowing.”
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