Drivers’ licences to be used for facial recognition

Data from drivers' licences will be uploaded to the Federal Government's database.

Drivers’ licences to be used for facial recognition

Data from drivers' licences will be uploaded to the Federal Government's National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution after the Victorian Government agreed to join the program.

In a statement on the decision, the Victorian Government said it would improve the way VicRoads and Victoria Police can monitor for fraudulent or duplicate IDs.

The upload will make it easier for authorised government agencies to identify fake licences or multiple IDs connected to a single individual and stop potential fraud.

Drivers’ licences are the most common form of identification used in Australia, but current image-based identification methods can be cumbersome, with sharing between agencies sometimes taking days or even longer to process.

This agreement will help get dangerous drivers off our roads by reducing the chance of people using multiple licences to avoid demerit points or licence cancellations.

It will also provide agencies with increased capabilities to prevent, detect and investigate identity crime, which impacts around one in every four Australians, costing about $2.2 billion a year.

Victoria has agreed only to upload the data to the system and make it available to other Victorian-based government agencies.

Any further use – by federal authorities or other states – will not be authorised until Victoria is satisfied with the proposed Identity-matching Services Bill currently before the Federal Parliament.

Victoria Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said: “This technology will help keep government agencies ahead of the pack when it comes to combating identity fraud, which is one of the most common and costly crimes facing our state.

“We are doing this as part of a national agreement, while ensuring the privacy of Victorians is not compromised.”

Do you support this move by the Victorian Government? Is it too big a risk to privacy having your data stored in a national database?

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    15th Oct 2019
    Why is this addiction to the fallacy of 'privacy'. If any individual is so concerned about their 'privacy' then they can become anonymous by deciding to not having a bank account, a divers license, a passport, a credit card, Medicare card, social security payments, a telephone or any of the myriad ways we share our details with both government and private entities. The age of privacy has well and truly passed. That said, laws to regulate what entities do with our private information, and significant penalties for non-compliance, are very necessary. Personally I have no issue with the use of my biometric data (including my DNA) being used to validate my identity and to (hopefully) prevent someone else from assuming my identity.
    15th Oct 2019
    Just one more area for identity theft.
    15th Oct 2019
    Have to disagree, Eddy - there is nothing more potentially dangerous than a government having total control over every aspect of a person's life, and control of information is power...

    Ministry For Protection of Proletariat Privacy! Citizens - be comfroted in knowing that Big Brother has total control over your private information, and will ensure that only accredited users can access it - of course you, as a citiazen will have no need to have access to your own private details held by us, not even for checking, since the Ministry is 100% accurate and foolproof! All Hail Big Brother!
    15th Oct 2019
    Trebor, I am not quite sure of the relevance of your comment, nevertheless I always welcome a constructive critique of my thoughts. Government desire for information on the citizenry started, I think, in 1086 when the Doomsday Book was initiated. The only difference today is the technological means of acquiring said information, so it is nothing new. There are reams of data about us all, from birth certificates to, eventually, death certificates. The use of advanced technology, such as biometric data, is just a more sophisticated method of minimising our data being stolen for criminal purposes. Nothing is 100% safe but, like new banknotes with sophisticated anti-counterfeiting features, it is a step forward.
    15th Oct 2019
    Exactly Eddy, all this information has been available for years in far less secure locations, having it electronic can mean far tighter controls.

    Also this crap about hacking, viruses, don't you people realise the problem is far, far less of a problem then the big antivirus companies and media would have you believe. Virus companies want to scare you, they want to sell product to you. I would be surprised if companies like Norton were the ones who spread a "virus" to scare people and sell more product.
    15th Oct 2019
    Been telling yez for ages - I was admitted to hospital once with chest pains, and the (Indian lady) doc asked me if I'd ever lived in the street I grew up in... thing is - that street had its name changed, and I haven't worked with that name for years.... (reasons unspecified)

    Plenty of information out there, as you say - but I'm still not convinced of the benefits of having government control it totally or very near to it - such things have historically proven a disaster for the populace.

    As for accuracy - the government seems to have lost a number of military records - several hundred, in fact.... 273 by my count, most to do with nuclear testing, but others.. well ....... so there are holes in this 'digitalisation' of information.
    15th Oct 2019
    BTW - I have zero to hide... nothing evil about me in any way...
    17th Oct 2019
    Totally agree with you Trebor - Eddy I can list the countries that have total control. They aren't democracies.
    Genocides still happen and the tides turn very quickly and unexpectedly.
    15th Oct 2019
    Trussed your government? Not without a very long rope...
    15th Oct 2019
    Yes, you will need a very long rope to truss it!
    15th Oct 2019
    If they can recognise me from my licence photo, good luck to them.
    Further extensive use of our licences for ID purposes for which they were never intended can only lead to further ID abuse. Remember, if someone uses your driving licence to set up a fake ID and accounts in your name, you can never change your licence number so the abuse can continue unabated.
    17th Oct 2019
    The trouble is when they don't recognise you from the photo. Or perhaps you look just like someone else. I know FB facial recognition gets it wrong - a lot. I don't think our government has as much money to invest as Mark Zuckerberg and we know from Centrelink "near enough is good enough" when it comes to accuracy.

    Are we, as a society so corrupt that this is necessary?
    17th Oct 2019
    No. Nazi Germany here we are.

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