Govt funds $18.5m Aussie facial recognition database (iTnews)
It will allow law enforcement agencies to share citizens’ facial images to identify unknown individuals and verify identities.
The ‘national facial biometric matching capability’ will match a facial photograph to images on passports, visas and driver’s licences, and will initially offer functionality to match the identities of known individuals. It will later be able to match unknown individuals, the AGD said last month.
It will be targeted towards identity theft, fraudulent identity documents and “other serious criminal activity”, AGD said.