THE State Government is quietly compiling a mathematical map of almost every adult's face, sharing information that allows law enforcement to track people by CCTV.
Experts said yesterday few people realised their facial features were being recorded in an RTA database of drivers licence photos that the Government has allowed both state and federal police to access.
The federal body CrimTrac has asked NSW for its database so it can be mined nationally by police using the facial recognition information contained in it.
Dr Carolyn Semmler from the University of Adelaide said police wanted to eventually use facial recognition in smart CCTV cameras allowing people to be tracked anywhere there was a camera.
Lots of "If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have to worry about this" idiocy in the comments. Yeah, so I guess you won't mind if the police show up and search your house; after all, if you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have to worry about it. Right?
From a comment Semmler left:There should be some acknowledgment of the fact that the technology may help to keep everyone safe and that police and other agencies adhere to the Privacy legislation in place to protect the individual's information stored. 'May help'. Yeah. Don't worry about lost privacy and the police tracking you, it 'may help'. And do the police always adhere to the legislation? WILL they?
Damn, what a mess.