The confronting sight of facial-recognition technology in use in Australia

It has begun.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, dozens of fans entering Allianz Stadium for the Sydney soccer derby on Sunday “will be watched by a bank of security cameras mounted on a frame at the entrance” as part of security measures in place for the match.

An Australian, who goes by the alias @YeahTheBuijs on Twitter, captured a photograph of the confronting scene outside the stadium (seen above).

Continues the Herald: “It’s understood the SCG Trust purchased facial recognition technology ahead of the Ashes Test last month that can identify anyone on a federal government terrorism watch list entering the venue”.

As I wrote in January, facial-recognition technology is being widely used in Australia, including at Crown Casino in Melbourne to identify VIPs and banned guests; by South Australia Police to identify criminals and missing persons using the city’s CCTV network and at Adelaide Oval using its 400 CCTV cameras; by the Northern Territory Police Force for identifying criminals who have stolen goods or unlawfully trespassed and to identify unconscious people admitted to hospitals and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s; and by banking giant Westpac in order to identify the mood of staff so that managers can intervene if necessary.

It all comes as state and territory governments agreed with the federal government late last year to hand over driver’s licence photographs to help facilitate a national facial-recognition database, welcomed by some with great fanfare.

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