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Let’s face it, we’ll be no safer with a national facial recognition database

A commitment to share the biometric data of most Australians – including your driving licence photo – agreed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting will result in a further erosion of our privacy.

That sharing is not necessary.

It will be costly.

But will it save us from terrorism?

Not all, although it will give people a false sense of comfort.

Fotos 2bImportantly, it will allow politicians and officials to show that they are doing something, in a climate where a hunt for headlines demands the appearance of…

Your biometric data

Biometric data used in fingerprint and facial recognition systems is indelible.

It can be used in authoritative identity registers, featured on identity documents such as passports and…

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