Biometric Security Initiatives in Australia

The new Australian Federal Government security initiatives give rise to some disquiet as to whether or not they are both technologically premature and also too heavily weighted against citizen’s civil right to liberty guaranteed by the judiciary.

The use of currently primitive 2D photographic biometric database has far too high a risk of false positive matching that could unjustifiably land subjects in detention for two weeks with no notification to their families or legal representatives. Notification is forbidden even retrospectively under current national security legislation! We have thrown the baby out with the bath water!

Even more advanced biometric technology in the newer mobile phones and tablets frequently makes mistakes locking the user out – even without the influence of eventual degradation owing to appearance ageing or injury in accidents. A nose broken in a car crash can prevent you phone recognising you when you want to call for help!

Detention without judicial review ought not be allowed for longer than a weekend and even then without multiple independent methods of recognition and the involvement of human judgement and the application of criteria of reasonable cause.


About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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