The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced its interest in increasing facial recognition technology’s role in the country’s increasing biometric programs, according to a TechWorld article.
Specifically, the department is planning a panel that would help provide specialized biometric technology assistance and foster better skills with the technology for other government areas already using the technology such as the Australian Passport Office.
The announcement of the creation of the biometric panel follows multiple other announcements of biometric program expansion in the country including the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s extending biometric data collection to include all onshore visa applicants and the Sydney Airports expanded use of facial recognition in its SmartGates and biometric security check point kiosks.
The panel is particularly interested in the facial recognition technology due to its involvement in the country’s passport system, the visa data collection and the international airport security checkpoints.
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