Australia police COVID-19 quarantine facial recognition 

Occurred: September 2021

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Australian provinces South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales have been trialling facial recognition software that enables police to check whether people are quarantining at home during COVID-19. 

In the trial, people must respond to random check-in requests by taking a photo of themselves at their designated home quarantine address. 

Police may follow up with a visit to the location to confirm the person's whereabouts should the software not verify the image against their 'facial signature'. 

Rights advocates warn the technology may be inaccurate, threaten people's privacy, and be used by the police for other purposes.

Operator: NSW Health; NSW Police; Department of Health Victoria
Developer: Genvis Pty
Country: Australia
Sector: Gov - police
Purpose: Enforce COVID-19 quarantine
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance; Dual/multi-use
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: September 2021