Australian government monitors citizen privacy with a facial recognition APP

Translated by: MOS Gospel Team – lilian89

Currently, a home isolation application with facial recognition technology is under evaluation in several Australian states, such as South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria. This cellphone application collects users’ geolocation and facial recognition information to monitor the implementation of COVID-19 isolation measures. Self-isolators who miss a scan will receive an inquiry call from the home quarantine team. And in some cases, a compliance officer may check the isolation status at the approved address.

An Australian research institute has issued a new investigation about the home quarantine APP and warned the state governments to avoid citizen privacy surveillance. The report expressed its worries about the “troubling trend” of “normalization of surveillance culture” worldwide with the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also alerted the global government to overview the shortages of facial recognition technology and the potential risks of privacy exposure. The authors called state governments to update laws to cover facial recognition and more robust human rights protections.

This surveillance application, called Clearview AI, has been globally applied by police as a law enforcement tool for many years. Hoan Ton-That, Australian, joined the development of the Clearview AI, which is comparable to the Chinese surveillance software Hikvision, which a Chinese communist military company developed.

With AI assistant analyses of billions of social network images, Clearview AI has excellent advantages in searching individuals not recorded in police databases, Hoan Tone-That said.

This surveillance application, called Clearview AI, has been globally applied by police as a law enforcement tool for many years.

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Reference: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/facial-recognition-apps-home-quarantine-privacy-disaster-report https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-23/australian-founder-of-clearview-facial-recognition-interview/11887112 https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/facial-recognition-technology-helps-solve-crimes-raises-privacy-concerns/5938677.html

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