Facial recognition technology has been deployed across Australia. Local governments, corporations large and small, federal and state government departments and law enforcement agencies have rolled out these mass surveillance systems, all without you getting a say or even noticing.
Numerous investigations have shown that the technology is dangerously inaccurate and is frequently misused by the many agencies that access it. Facial recognition technology frequently reports false positives on People of Colour. In at least one case, it has led to false accusation and imprisonment.
Some of the biggest tech companies in the world have recognised the danger of this technology. Google, Microsoft and IBM have either withdrawn their technologies from sale or ceased working on the technology altogether.
They’ve joined a chorus of social justice and human rights groups calling on governments to ban the use of facial recognition technology that enables mass surveillance, and to establish regulations and safeguards to protect people’s privacy and guard against misuse of the technology.
We’re asking the Australian Federal and State Governments to do the same.
Federal and state governments must engage with civil society, industry, other experts and the public to develop and implement a legal framework that protects privacy and prevents abuse.