Australia COVID-19 facial recognition trials

September 2021

South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are trialling facial recognition software that lets police 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.